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EA­GLES 50, PAN­THERS 0 Ea­gles score 50 in first half, cruise past Jack­son Co.

The Covington News - - Sports -

COV­ING­TON - The East­side Ea­gles gath­ered at Homer Sharp field Fri­day night for the schools 10th an­nual home­com­ing game.

With the rain steadily com­ing down and the home­com­ing court hud­dled un­der the canopy, the Ea­gles (6-1, 3-1 Re­gion 8-AAA) took the field in what would turn out to be a state­ment game.

Run­ning the ball with ease, the Ea­gles mounted more than 400 to­tal yards of of­fense as they rolled the Jack­son County Pan­thers 50-0.

“They were ded­i­cated to play­ing for home­com­ing tonight,” East­side coach Rick Hurst said. “We wanted to play with a pur­pose and with emo­tion and I think we ac­com­plished it.”

On the open­ing drive of the game the Ea­gles started on their own 35yard line and went on a six-play, 65 yard scor­ing drive. Git Aiken scam­pered for 44 of his 83 yards and scored the first of his three touch­downs to give the Ea­gles a quick 7-0 lead.

Af­ter forc­ing a quick three-andout, the Ea­gles re­ceived an early Christ­mas gift as the Pan­thers long snap­per snapped the ball over the punter’s head into the end zone for an East­side safety.

Re­ceiv­ing a short punt at the 48yard line, the Ea­gles called Aiken’s num­ber again as he ran for chewed up 34 more yards on his way to his sec­ond touch­down of the night.

Up 16-0, the Ea­gles de­fense, which would be over shad­owed by the of­fen­sive dis­play, forced the Pan­thers to cough up the ball. Karl Wil­liams fell on the loose ball to give East­side pos­ses­sion at the 45-yard line.

Looking to pounce on the Pan­thers while they were down, Hurst called a play action pass. Quar­ter­back Justin Wray ex­e­cuted the play to per­fec­tion as he hit An­tar­ius Ter­rell for a 55yard touch­down to ex­tend East­side’s

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Karl Wil­liams lays the wood on the quar­ter­back dur­ing East­side's re­gion win over Jack­son Co. Fri­day at Sharp Sta­dium. The Ea­gles re­main in first place and move to 6-1 over­all.

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