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EA­GLES 49, WAR­RIORS 7 East­side holds Oconee County's big gun in check, moves to 7-1

The Covington News - - News - By Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­news.com

East­side turned the trick Satur­day night as the de­fense held Oconee County’s highly touted quar­ter­back in check to the tune of a 49-7 thrash­ing in re­gion play.

The de­fense did more than hold Zach Met­ten­berger in check. It stripped the fu­ture Ge­or­gia Bull­dog twice and kept the 6-foot-4 se­nior on his back through­out much of the game.

“That’s what our guys are made for,” East­side coach Rick Hurst said of his de­fen­sive line. “They [the de­fen­sive line] have to con­tinue to get bet­ter, but when you sit back there and take your time, our guys come off the edge and they’re al­most un­block­able.”

Un­block­able is right. Karl Wil­liams led the Ea­gle on­slaught with three sacks and two forced fum­bles as East­side got to the quar­ter­back seven times in all.

Of­fen­sively, the Ea­gles’ run­ning game was a model of ef­fi­ciency. Git Aiken scored three touch­downs and East­side rushed for 260 yards on 25 at­tempts and scored six rush­ing touch­downs as a team. Thanks to good field po­si­tion all night long, the Ea­gles were able to turn in sev­eral short scor­ing drives.

Justin Wray got is started with a 5-yard touch­down run three-and-a-half min­utes into the game and the Ea­gles were off and run­ning, lit­er­ally.

East­side scored on its first three pos­ses­sions and seven of its first eight un­til Hurst pulled his starters.

“Our whole of­fen­sive line did a great job,” Hurst said. “They are like a well-oiled ma­chine right now. They are play­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence. You could see how much hav­ing [Jar­rett] Hub­bard back makes a dif­fer­ence. Just hav­ing him out there, it’s like a dif­fer­ent team.”

Aiken scored the first of his two rush­ing touch­downs on East­side’s sec­ond pos­ses­sion. Af­ter An­tar­ius Ter­rell set the Ea­gles up with a 35-yard punt re­turn to the Oconee 34-yard yard line, Aiken ran twice for 25 yards in­clud­ing an 11-yard cut­back for the score.

On its next pos­ses­sion, East­side hit re­play as Aiken cut­back against the grain again for a 16-yard touch­down to put the Ea­gles up 21-0 with 6:22 re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We felt like we could get out­side on them,” Hurst

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

(Above) Karl Wil­liams strips Oconee County quar­ter­back Zach Met­ten­berger dur­ing the first half of Satur­day's game at Sharp Sta­dium. (Be­low) Git Aiken (24) drives through a huge hole on his way to his sec­ond rush­ing touch­down of the game. Aiken also hauled in a 45-yard touch­down re­cep­tion.

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