the War Eagles up by two touchdowns at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Eagles started to chip away at the War Eagles’ lead.
Chestatee stopped Eastside on a fourthand- 21 play, but after a roughing- the- passer penalty, the Eagles had first- and- goal on the 6. Two plays later, Eastside scored with a 2- yard run from Jamondi Smith to cap a 15- play drive.
Jamondi Smith tallied a team- high 208 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.
Eastside forced a Chestatee punt and scored on another long run from Jamondi Smith, a 61- yard dash up the middle.
Sijiye scored in the fourth quarter to give the War Eagles a 42- 35 lead, but Eastside responded yet again with a 1- yard TD run from Alex Smith.
The game was tied for the last 3: 22 and the teams headed to overtime.
The War Eagles won the coin toss and took the ball. Sijiye scored his second touchdown of the night on an 8- yard run. The twopoint conversion put Chestatee up 50- 42.
“Our coaches work with us and we have to trust them,” Sijiye said.
Eastside scored on each of its overtime possessions on 8- and 15- yard runs by Alex Smith and Jamondi Smith, respectively. It tied the game with a 2- point conversion on the first, but failed to convert on the second and led by six.
The War Eagles sputtered on their first three plays on offense in the second overtime and set up a fourth- and- 10 on the 15.
Chestatee called timeout, where coach Lutrell told Kelly he would be open in the back corner of the end zone.
“Coach told me to keep blocking and they would call your number,” Kelly said.
“Kelly is a playmaker, who works hard, who has grown and matured in this system,” Lutrell said. “I knew that he was going to make the play.”
Kelly executed his wheel route to perfection. Degraff launched a prayer from the 20 and, “the ball hung in the air forever,” he said of his pass.
“I don’t know how it got there, but either way, however it did, it fell into his hands,” Sijiye said of Arthur’s catch.
“I am just glad it is over and we are coming out on top,” Lutrell said. “Eastside is a school with a rich tradition and this will send a strong message to the rest of the teams in our new region.”
Eastside travels Madison County day.
The Red Raiders have lost all four of their games this season, to the average score of 30.5- 6.5, and the final three of the 2012 slate.