East­side, Her­itage ready for test be­fore sea­son kick­off

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

While the of­fi­cial start of football sea­son is still a week away, two Cov­ing­ton and Rock­dale ri­vals will square off tonight in a bout of pre­sea­son football.

The East­side Ea­gles and Her­itage Pa­tri­ots will meet at East­side Field in Cov­ing­ton.

The scrim­mage will be the first for both pro­grams; both schools can­celed their scrim­mage matchups last week due to in­clement weather.

With the of­fi­cial start of the sea­son set for Aug. 30, the live prac­tice time against an­other team is vi­tal to see where his pro­gram stands against the com­pe­ti­tion, East­side head coach Rick Hurst said.

“We just want to see where we are,” Hurst said. “That’s what a scrim­mage is. (It’s) a chance to find out where we are. With as many young kids as we have play­ing, we have to find out if we’re in the right spot.”

Hurst said that his team’s pac­ing and tempo are two things he’ll be watch­ing against the Pa­tri­ots.

“De­fen­sively, we want to line up and get to the ball,” Hurst said. “Of­fen­sively, we're just try­ing to see that our tempo is good and (our) ex­e­cu­tion is good. Luck­ily, we still have a week and a half be­fore we re­ally kick it off, but it’s ba­si­cally just try­ing to gauge where we are. It’s hard to tell where you stand against your­self, and we want to see where we stand right now.”

Her­itage head coach Mike Par­ris said that his team is ex­cited to fi­nally be hit­ting an­other color in­stead of the Pa­tri­ots’ tra­di­tional blue.

“At least (it’s) some­one in a green jersey in­stead of blue,” Par­ris said. “They’re tired of hit­ting blue ( jer­seys).”

Par­ris, in his first sea­son with Her­itage, plans to also use the scrim­mage to see how his pro­gram has pro­gressed this sum­mer.

“I want to see them show what they’ve learned,” he said. “We’re not go­ing to be per­fect, and we don’t need to be yet. It’s a process. We’re go­ing to use that process to pre­pare for next week. It’s go­ing to be good for us and it’s go­ing to be good for East­side, too.

They do a great job out there, and I know they’re ready to play, too.”

The scrim­mage will be­gin at 7 p.m. East­side will close the week with a scrim­mage Fri­day against In­dian Creek. The ju­nior var­sity team will scrim­mage at 7 p.m., with the var­sity scrim­mage to fol­low at 7:30 p.m. Scrim­mages can­celed

Due to weather forecasts, the New­ton High Rams’ scrim­mage against South­west DeKalb sched­uled for Tues­day, Aug. 20, was can­celed. The scrim­mage will not be made up.

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion pre­vi­ously can­celed scrim­mages for New­ton, East­side and Al­covy sched­uled for Satur­day, Aug. 17, due to in­clement weather, as well. The scrim­mages have not been resched­uled.

All three New­ton County teams will kick off the reg­u­lar sea­son on Aug. 30.

Al­covy is slated to take on Jones County, while New­ton and East­side will square off in a ri­valry clash to start the sea­son. Class AAAAA 1. Gainesville 2.North­side-W. Robins 3. Stephen­son (tie) Tucker 5. Thomas Co. Cen­tral 6. Kell 7. MLK Jr. 8. Ware County 9. Flow­ery Branch (tie)White­wa­ter Oth­ers re­ceiv­ing votes: Warner Robins 7; Al­la­toona 2; East Pauld­ing 1; Har­ris County 1; Union Grove 1. Class AAAA 1. Sandy Creek 2. Car­roll­ton 3. Burke County 4. Marist 5. Cairo 6. Stock­bridge 7. Grif­fin 8. Mon­roe Area 9. Statesboro 10. Ridge­land Oth­ers re­ceiv­ing votes: West­side-Ma­con 13; Mon­roe-Al­bany 6; Bald­win 2; Riverdale 2. Class AAA 1. Bu­ford 2. St. Pius 3. Cartersville 4. Peach County 5. Carver-Colum­bus 6. Thom­son 7. North Hall 8. Wash­ing­ton County 9. Blessed Trin­ity 10. North Oconee Oth­ers re­ceiv­ing votes: Woodward Acad­emy 7; Call­away 6; El­bert County 1; Pierce County 1.

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