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