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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.

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