Football is in the air

Boyd has three catches, a TD

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Cameron Boyd made the move from quar­ter­back to wide re­ceiver as the 2011 sea­son pro­gressed to help bring an­other di­men­sion to the East­side football team.

As the 2012 sea­son gets ready to be­gin Boyd is firmly planted out wide and showed Fri­day night that he could have a big se­nior year.

Boyd caught three passes, in­clud­ing a touch­down as East­side trav­eled to Her­itage for a pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion game.

The game fea­tured one half of var­sity play, which saw Her­itage lead 17- 14, be-

fore yield­ing to the ju­nior var­sity in the third quar­ter - the Pa­tri­ots again took that one 20- 7 – and then the fresh­man in a fourth quar­ter that saw no scor­ing.

East­side coach Rick Hurst said he was pleased with the var­sity’s per­for­mance de­spite the score.

“I felt like we did some re­ally good things of­fen­sively, but have some work to do de­fen­sively,” Hurst said.

The Ea­gles gave up a cou­ple of big pass plays in the sec­ond quar­ter, in­clud­ing one that set up a touch­down inside the 20- yard line.

How­ever, East­side also had a cou­ple of big pass plays of its own, thanks to quar­ter­back De­mario Ter­rell.

“He threw the ball real well, had about 150 yards pass­ing in the first half,” Hurst said. “He threw a touch­down, and also threw a pick but made some re­ally nice throws.”

Ter­rell, a ju­nior, took over at quar­ter­back about eight games into the 2011 sea­son and will be­gin 2012 as the Ea­gles’ sig­nal caller.

That leaves Boyd free to do dam­age at the wide re­ceiver po­si­tion.

“I think he found his niche,” said Hurst about the se­nior re­ceiver. “I think he found where he’s go­ing to be suc­cess­ful for us.”

Lead­ing the way de­fen­sively was de­fen­sive end An­to­nious Sims and the rest of the de­fen­sive line.

Sims is not only one of East­side’s top play­ers, but head­ing into this sea­son will be one of the area’s best as he is draw­ing in­ter­est from sev­eral top tier Division I schools as one of the state’s big­gest re­cruits.

Safety Frank John­son also came up big on the Ea­gles’ de­fense, pro­vid­ing one of the few bright spots in the sec­ondary.

“I didn’t feel real good about it ( Fri­day night),” Hurst said. " Frank John­son had an in­ter­cep­tion and a cou­ple of tack­les at safety, but other than that we didn’t make a whole lot of plays.

" We have to step up and make plays.”

The Ea­gles offensive line also looked good, ac­cord­ing to Hurst, pro­vid­ing qual­ity pass­ing lanes for Ter­rell throughout the evening against Her­itage.

“The offensive line, I thought the pass pro­tec­tion was re­ally good."

Hurst said he wasn’t as pleased with the ju­nior var­sity unit, which gave up 20 points, and would like to see work from his spe­cial teams unit, which didn’t get much ac­tion Fri­day.

The spe­cial teams units were rel­e­gated to field goal and punt op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ex­hi­bi­tion game, and even those phases weren’t sit­u­a­tions in­volv­ing live tack­ling.

“That’s part of the game and some­thing you have to ex­cel in,” Hurst said. “We gave up punt blocks last year that cost us a cou­ple of football games.”

The Ea­gles will have a lit­tle less than two weeks to work on their spe­cial teams and all as­pects of their game be­fore fac­ing New­ton on Aug. 31 at Sharp Sta­dium.

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

Her­itage throws the ball down field as East­side rushes on at Her­itage High School Fri­day night. The Pa­tri­ots led af­ter the var­sity squads played the first half, 17-14.

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

Two East­side rush­ers look to bring down Her­itage's quar­ter­back dur­ing a pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion Fri­day.

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