East­side faces tough re­gion foe Oconee Co.

The Covington News - - Sports -

East­side storms into to­mor­row’s match up with Oconee County fresh off a dom­i­nant per­for­mance over Jack­son County at home last week. All the Ea­gles did is drop 50 on the Pan­thers in the head coach Rick Hurst said. “It was a good game at the right time. It was good to get our young kids in the game and give some key guys some needed rest.”

The Ea­gles got well af­ter suf­fer­ing the road up­set a week ear­lier and dash­ing any hopes of an un­de­feated sea­son. But Hurst said his team has to for­get about those per­for­mances and bet­ter be ready to face one of the state's top quar­ter­backs, Zach Met­ten­berger.

“They have the Met­ten­berger kid, who has com­mit­ted to Ge­or­gia. He’s a pro­to­typ­i­cal quar­ter­back that has a canon of an arm so we will have to be ready be­cause if you give him time, he will pick you apart,” Hurst said.

Of­fen­sively, the Ea­gles are scor­ing at a clip of 30 points per game. With the War­riors giv­ing up nearly that much in 29.3 a game, con­ven­tional wis­dom says East­side should be in good shape. But to be suc­cess­ful, Hurst said his team will need to con­trol the line of scrim­mage and open up some run­ning lanes for his bevy of run­ning backs.

“For­tu­nately we have Jar­rett Hub­bard back and that makes a big dif­fer­ence,” he said. “Hope­fully we can open up some seams and let our backs hit into the secondary. If we do that, I think we can pick up some big yards in the run­ning game.”

De­fen­sively, the Ea­gles will have to stay in their zones, es­pe­cially in the secondary. Met­ten­berger has a use­ful group if given time. The key for East­side will be its abil­ity to pres­sure the quar­ter­back into mak­ing bad de­ci­sions in the pass­ing game.

“That’s what wor­ries me a lit­tle bit be­cause we will have to stay in cov­er­age,” Hurst said. “If you look at our de­fen­sive line, that’s what we are built for is speed rush­ers. It ought to be a good match up.

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