East­side eyes play­offs, trav­els to Mor­gan Co.

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

For two weeks, East­side has looked like the San Fran­cisco 49ers of the late ’80s, putting up 50 and 49 points in wins over Jack­son County and Oconee County. But those win will mean noth­ing if the Ea­gles can’t pull out a win tonight over Mor­gan County on the road.

East­side (7-1, 4-1 Re­gion 8-AAA) re­mains in a three-way tie for the top spot with Hart County and Stephens County, but a win tonight will se­cure a play­off spot. Even though Mor­gan County sports a pal­try 1-4 re­gion record and in 13 years, East­side coach Rick Hurst is tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

“Any­time you are play­ing a team that is play­ing for pride, it can be a lit­tle scary,” he said. “They are a one-team town and they have a lot of tra­di­tion and a proud pro­gram, so we have to be on our game.”

The Ea­gles have made a habit of start­ing off games quickly and scor­ing early. Hurst said the key to his team’s suc­cess has been putting early pres­sure on his op­po­nent and be­lieves if the Ea­gles come out and score early, it will give his - verse af­fect on the Bull­dogs.

“It puts pres­sure on their of­fense,” Hurst said. “I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that when you have to come right back and score, it can be tough. I think if we can es­tab­lish our­selves early it may take the wind out of their sails and they may feel like they’re in for an­other long night.”

The Ea­gles will at­tempt to es­tab­lish the run early and of­ten as both Git Aiken and Brod­er­ick Alexan­der are ex­pected to set the tone from the out­set in the run­ning game.

“We try to mix it up as much as pos­si­ble,” Hurst said. “I know it looks like we have been one di­men­sional lately, but we have had some much suc­cess run­ning the ball the last two weeks, we haven’t needed to pass.”

That doesn’t mean the Ea­gles can’t or won’t pass. Hurst said it just comes down to how the game is shap­ing up and what the de­fense is giv­ing him.

“It’s just a feel,” he said. “We are be-

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