East­side needs to shake off loss, key in­juries

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

Af­ter pick­ing up its first loss of the sea­son, East­side football is ready to be­gin Re­gion 8-AAAA play to­day when it trav­els to Ch­es­ta­tee.

The War Ea­gles (1-1) are com­ing into the game af­ter pick­ing up their first win of the sea­son, 42-21 over West Hall, and will be host­ing a team still try­ing to over­come in­juries.

Among the four East­side starters cur­rently banged up is start­ing de­fen­sive tackle An­to­nious Sims. With Sims be­ing out in the Ea­gles’ 24-10 loss to Al­covy, East­side man­aged just one turnover, com­pared to the nine it had in the pre­vi­ous two games.

Fill­ing in for Sims was sopho­more Arthur Holmes, who will be called on again to­day and for the next cou­ple of games when Sims is expected to be out.

“He has played very well,” East­side coach Rick Hurst said. “He did some good things and he’s got to play well.”

East­side will need its de­fense to re­turn to its form from the first two weeks (al­low­ing just 14 to­tal points) as Ch­es­ta­tee is scor­ing 31 points a game. But not only will the de­fense need to re­turn to the turnover-in­duc­ing form of weeks one and two, but the of­fense will also need to uti­lize those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Against Al­covy, East­side man­aged an in­ter­cep­tion but couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize on it.

The Ea­gles’ of­fense is in its fourth week us­ing a no-hud­dle at­tack and has im­proved each week, but is still look­ing to reach its stride.

“Ev­ery game you see a burst of bril­liance, and then you see a cou­ple of se­ries where it doesn’t look good,” Hurst said.

In its third week, the East­side of­fense also turned the ball over more than in its pre­vi­ous weeks and will work on cut­ting down that facet of the game.

“We have to continue to elim­i­nate mis­takes on the offensive end and give us more chances to score,” Hurst said.

The Ea­gles have shaken off the loss from last week, and went right to work start­ing Mon­day pre­par­ing for re­gion play, where the top four teams from each re­gion will reach the state tour­na­ment.

“It’s a re­gion game; it’s a lit­tle bit more in­tense,” Hurst said. “These se­niors have been here for three years and have been in the playoffs two out of the three that they’ve been here. They know the im­por­tance that re­gion play means.”

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