Ea­gles break out big, see 1B

East­side stuffs New­ton, ends three-game skid

The Covington News - - Front page - MICHAEL STONE sports@cov­news.com

East­side routed New­ton County 32-0 be­fore a packed house at Sharp Sta­dium Fri­day night, end­ing a three game los­ing skid to its cross-town ri­vals.

The Rams strug­gled to move the ball for most of the game, and their young quar­ter­back threw two in­ter­cep­tions that were re­turned for touch­downs. Lousy field po­si­tion didn’t help ei­ther.

On the first New­ton County pos­ses­sion, the Rams started inside their own 20 and sput­tered, gain­ing just four yards be­fore punt­ing the ball away.

East­side’s Alex Smith re­turned the punt to the New­ton County 20, but a penalty moved the ball back to the 41. Fac­ing a fourth and four at the 35, the Ea­gles gam­bled and went for the first down. It paid off. East­side sig­nal caller De­mario Ter­rell slipped pass the New­ton County line and raced 30 yards to the five. On the next play, Ja­mondi Smith scored. Fol­low­ing Colton Smith’s (the fi­nal part of the Smith trio) ex­tra point, the Ea­gles led 7-0.

Af­ter an ex­change of punts, New­ton County went on a 60-yard drive en­gi­neered by sopho­more quar­ter­back Ke­mani Pit­man. How­ever, the drive stalled inside the five de­spite a face­mask penalty that gave the Rams a sec­ond chance at a score.

Late in the sec­ond half, East­side’s Ja­mal Hardge picked off a pass and broke sev­eral tack­les on his way to an 82-yard touch­down.

The Ea­gles added in­sult to in­sult on the point af­ter, when the holder took a quick snap and found a wide open An­to­nius Sims in the end zone for a two­point con­ver­sion to put the East­side up 15-0.

East­side added three points to its lead near the end of the half, af­ter a 36-yard com­ple­tion from Ter­rell to Alex Smith set up a Colton Smith field goal.

Mat­ters just got worse

for the Rams in the sec­ond half.

Pit­man tried a lat­eral pass to Dar­ius Dean, but the ball sailed over his head. Sims picked up the football but ap­peared to in­jure his leg in the process.

As a re­sult, his touch­down run re­sem­bled a sack race.

Poor field po­si­tion con­tin­ued to plague the Rams into the sec­ond half.

At­tempt­ing to move out the shadow of their own goal posts early in the fourth quar­ter, Pit­man lofted a pass into the left flat that was picked off by Cameron Boyd who reg­is­tered an­other pick six. Colton Smith fin­ished off a per­fect night with his ex­tra­point and the Ea­gles led 32-0.

Pit­man went back to work and had the Rams mov­ing inside East­side ter­ri­tory late in the game. The Ea­gle de­fense held on to its shutout when Landon Moore picked off a pass that might have put New­ton County on the board had the in­tended re­ceiver come down with the ball.

The Rams won’t have much time to lick their wounds af­ter this loss, though. They have a date with peren­nial pow­er­house Lown­des County in Val­dosta next week, while East­side will take on Jack­son Sept. 7.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

(Top) New­ton’s Dar­ius Dean gets taken down by East­side de­fend­ers Marcus Grif­feth (9) and An­thony Hen­der­son (5) Fri­day night. (Above) East­side de­fend­ers swarm around New­ton’s David Comer in the Ea­gles 32-0 vic­tory at Sharp Sta­dium.

An­thony Banks / The Cov­ing­ton News

An East­side cheer­leader flips over the Ea­gles per­for­mance against New­ton on Fri­day.

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