The Ea­gles’ sil­ver lin­ings play­book

The Covington News - - SPORTS - Shol­loway@cov­news.com

Mid­way through the sea­son, East­side foot­ball sits at a com­fort­able 2-2. One fum­ble in over­time might have pro­pelled them to 3-1, but that’s some­thing we’ll never know. What we do know is, the Ea­gles have five games left, all against re­gion op­po­nents with a com­bined record of 12-7.

Of course say­ing that one fum­ble was the rea­son East­side lost would be wrong. In games that are so close and crit­i­cal, such as the one East­side lost to Jones­boro, it’s easy to point to one play, per­son or thing and point blame. How­ever, as is al­ways, there’s more than one rea­son for any loss or win. In fact, Ea­gles’ head coach Rick Hurst told his team after the loss not to point any fin­gers and to take a look in the mir­ror and see what they did right and wrong.

In this ar­ti­cle, we’ll look at three things that the Ea­gles have go­ing for them after a dis­ap­point­ing loss at home. Depth at run­ning back

With Eric Stokes and

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

An­drew Hen­der­son in­jured, Car­los Hug­gins and An­thony Brown were called upon to run the rock for East­side. The two cousins an­swered the bell and then some.

As a duo the two com­bined for over 100 yards and two touch­downs. The of­fen­sive line cre­ated holes at times and the two found room to run. Hug­gins and Brown per­formed well in Stokes and Hen­der­son’s ab­sence.

Ac­cord­ing to ehsea­gles. com, Stokes and Hen­der­son have 306 yards rush­ing and four touch­downs so far this sea­son. Stokes is av­er­ag­ing seven yards per carry and Hen­der­son is av­er­ag­ing 4.7 yards per carry. The Ea­gles now know they have four backs they can play at any time and not lose a vast amount of pro­duc­tion. You never can have too much depth. Ea­gles’ run­ning back Car­los Hug­gins makes his way down­field against Jones­boro. Hug­gins scored two touch­downs in the 27-21 contest that saw East­side fall.

The de­fen­sive line, led by Arthur Holmes, was able to earn some praise from Hurst after the game against Jones­boro.

“I thought the d-line put good pres­sure on them all night. He wasn’t back there hold­ing the ball long, it was short throws. I think they knew we could put pres­sure on them, but over­all I thought the de­fen­sive line played well tonight,” Hurst said after the game.

Holmes and co. was able to get pres­sure on the quar­ter­back and they almost forced a cou­ple of in­ter­cep­tions. Early in the game Holmes tipped an at­tempted pass and he almost caught it to get the turnover, but he just missed it.

The d-line was also able to get some rush up the mid­dle to clog up a hole or two in the run­ning game, although this was more sel­dom, they showed East­side fans what they were ca­pa­ble of.

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