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are. New­ton, how­ever, just dis­played more phys­i­cal­ity, which was ex­pected with the size of the guys on their Class AAAAAAA squad.

2. Jay­lon Lackey is a tremen­dous open field tack­ler, while Tan­ner Feeny is a mon­ster at de­fen­sive end. In two plays on New­ton’s first of­fen­sive drive, Jay­lon Lackey flew over and made two great open field tack­les — a feat he would per­form sev­eral other times through­out the game. He showed that he’s not afraid to make a one-onone tackle against any­one. On the de­fen­sive line, Tan­ner Feeny has be­come a force to be reck­oned with. Af­ter a dom­i­nant per­for­mance last week against Luella, Feeny would make even more noise against New­ton. Of­ten, he was found in the back­field dis­rupt­ing the pass­ing game and cre­at­ing pres­sure on Mid­dle­brooks to pre­vent big plays in the pass­ing game.

3. The QB role is un­cer­tain for now. Sopho­more QB Noah Cook got the go-ahead to start again against the Rams Fri­day night, but with a phys­i­cal New­ton de­fense con­stantly af­ter him, lit­er­ally from the first play, Cook would go down with an ap­par­ent shoul­der in­jury that kept him on the side­line in a sling for much of the game. That led to Bray­den Harper hav­ing to step back into the quar­ter­back role. While the ex­tent of Cook’s in­jury is un­cer­tain, the Ea­gles will tem­po­rar­ily lose a QB and a re­ceiver since Harper is now throw­ing the passes again in­stead of catch­ing them.

4. The Ea­gles have one week to bounce back be­fore fac­ing the other in-county ri­val. East­side now has just six days to rest, re­cu­per­ate, and get back up af­ter tak­ing the fall tonight. Why is it im­por­tant to do so in just a few days? Well, last week Al­covy looked the best it’s looked in the last few sea­sons, dom­i­nat­ing Du­luth 37-22. East­side holds a three-game win­ning streak on the Tigers, and I would ex­pect coach Troy Hoff to strongly chal­lenge his team to get back on track as it will try to make it four in a row against the Tigers.

5. Keep your head up, Ea­gles. No, se­ri­ously. Re­gard­less of the score and how the game was played, there is still a lot of up­side to this young team. New­ton is play­ing lights out and could po­ten­tially give de­fend­ing re­gion and Class AAAAAAA state champs, Grayson, a run for its money later in the sea­son. East­side has loads of tal­ent, and New­ton will prob­a­bly be the best team the Ea­gles see all year, in­clud­ing its matchup with Wood­ward Academy late in the sea­son. This loss should not dis­cour­age any­one on the ros­ter, but should mo­ti­vate them to make a state­ment mov­ing for­ward.

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