All 3 phases come to­gether for Ea­gles

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

East­side has played well on of­fense, de­fense and spe­cial teams throughout the sea­son com­ing into Fri­day night’s game at Madi­son County.

How­ever, the Ea­gles haven’t played well at all three phases in one game, be­fore Fri­day night’s 42-14 win over the Red Raiders.

It marked East­side’s first Re­gion 8-AAAA win this sea­son as the Ea­gles im­proved to 3-2 over­all and 1-1 in the re­gion head­ing into their up­com­ing bye week. De­spite the up­com­ing week off, East­side coach Rick Hurst doesn’t feel the mo­men­tum his team picked up will be lost.

East­side will use the week to continue to work on re­duc­ing penal­ties, im­prov­ing on of­fense and de­fense and get healthy. De­fen­sive play­ers An­thony Hen­der­son and An­to­nius Sims have both been out since a 32-0 win over New­ton, and are work­ing on a re­turn against Lanier on Oct. 12.

The Ea­gles faired well with­out the two de­fen­sive play­ers Fri­day, and were also boosted by the re­turn of Marcus Grif­feth, who served a sus­pen­sion in a 57-56 loss to Ch­es­ta­tee on Sept. 21.

“He had a big game,” Hurst said. “He played real well and re­sponded real well.”

Also com­ing up with a big game was Alex Smith, who sat out dur­ing a 24-10 loss against East­side Sept. 14. Smith ran for a touch­down, caught a touch­down and re­turned a punt for an­other.

De­mario Ter­rell also pro­vided a lot of offensive fire­power for the East­side, throw­ing two touch­downs and rush­ing for an­other. Chase Chancey caught a touch­down and Landon Moore ran for an­other.

East­side jumped on the Red Raiders (0-5, 0-2) early, gain­ing a 21-0 lead and con­tin­ued to sti­fle the Madi­son of­fense un­til the fi­nal six min­utes. Xavier Dun­can scored on runs of 8 and 5 yards against East­side’s sec­ond team, but by then the game was al­ready de­cided.

“I thought we played well in all three phases,” Hurst said. “We had some penal­ties that I thought we need to cor­rect on but over­all I’m real pleased.”

Hurst will continue to try and get East­side

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