first quarter lead.
Forcing the Panthers to punt for the second time, the Eagles brought the house and Aiken broke the line and blocked the punt and returned the loose ball for his third touchdown of the night.
“He is a gamer,” Hurst said about Aiken. “We know he is a real threat on offense, but he is proving to be a great defensive player. He has a real sense for finding the ball.”
“My offensive line did it for me,” Aiken said. “We practiced and trained hard this week, and tonight we were able to put it together. They allowed me to do my thing.”
With 12 minutes left in the second quarter and up 43-0, the Eagles decided to put the nail in the coffin early.
Still playing highly aggressive on both sides of the ball, the Eagles defense came up with their first of two interceptions.
Not wanting to waste any time, the offense got right to work as Broderick Alexander carried it 26 yards to the 10-yard line. Tony Atwater finished it off with a 10-yard touchdown run that put the Eagles up 50-0 before halftime.
As the second half got underway, Hurst got his young players experience as all the starters sat for the remainder of the game.
Taking advantage of the playing time they received, Victor Smith and Justin Bates rushed for a combined 50 yards in their first varsity opportunity.
Also seizing the moment was Nykee Booker, came up with a big interception that put an end to Jackson County’s only real drive.
Unable to add to the first half massacre, the Eagles second string got valuable experience while holding the Panthers offense to a minimum.
Eastside held Jackson County to just two first downs for the game.