Rams vs. Ea­gles: See who won on the di­a­mond, grid­iron.

In­tense ri­valry game be­tween Eastside, New­ton ends 41-41

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MARIYA LEWTER mlewter@cov­news.com

The Eastside Ea­gles and New­ton Rams bat­tled it out Fri­day night at Homer Sharp Sta­dium in a foot­ball game that ended with no one los­ing. Or win­ning, for that mat­ter. Af­ter 48 min­utes of tough foot­ball, the game ended in a 41-41 tie.

All 82 points were scored through­out the first three quar­ters, with nei­ther team able to find the end zone af­ter a touch­down run by Eastside’s Josh Sims with 7.7 sec­onds left in the third.

The Ea­gles not only ended the scor­ing, but also started it when a Billy Love field goal gave the Ea­gles a quick 3-0 lead. The Rams, how­ever, quickly an­swered with a Rod­er­ick Kirk­land touch­down with 10:19 left in the first quar­ter to go up 8-3 af­ter Jeremiah Hol­lo­man com­pleted the two-point con­ver­sion.

Eastside failed to con­vert on the next possession, and New­ton took over be­fore a fum­ble by Kirk­land gave the Ea­gles back the ball. The Ea­gles cap­i­tal­ized, as quar­ter­back Austin Hol­loway’s pass to Caleb Allen gave them the 10-8 edge.

Eastside scored two more touch­downs to go up 24-8, giv­ing the Ea­gles their largest lead of the night at the 11:44 mark in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter a score by Sims, but New­ton an­swered right back on the very next play to move back within 10.

The back and forth con­tin­ued be­tween the two teams for most of the night, as the game tied 27-27 af­ter a touch­down pass from New­ton’s My­ron Mid­dle­brooks to Tyrese Pea­cock 9:10 left to go in the third.

New­ton had four ma­jor turnovers in the game, with three alone com­ing in the first half and one at the goal line. But it was East- side’s first turnover that proved to be a huge dif­fer­ence maker. Quickly af­ter Eastside’s fourth touch­down that put the Ea­gles up 3427, New­ton’s Elija God­win re­turned the Ea­gles’ kick 95 yards for a touch­down to tie the game yet again. When it came time for New­ton to kick it back, the Ea­gles turned the ball back over to the Rams. New­ton’s Dante John­son fum­bled the ball on the first play, but the ball was re­cov­ered Pea­cock, who then ran it into the end zone for a 41-34 New­ton lead.

“De­fense did a good job of get­ting the ball back,” Eastside coach Troy Hoff said. “There were times we gave up chunks of yards, and it’s like we said. They have some good play­ers who can threaten you ev­ery time the ball snaps, but for the most part we did a good job. Any time you can cre­ate turnovers on de­fense, that’s what we’re look­ing to do.”

New­ton had sev­eral mishaps in the game, high­lighted by plenty of penal­ties and missed field goals, in­clud­ing the po­ten­tial game win­ner with 17 sec­onds left in the game.

“We have to get bet­ter,” said New­ton coach Ter­rance Banks. “We have a lot to im­prove on. Eastside is a very good foot­ball team. We need the bye week bad. The thing I said we couldn’t do: turnovers and penal­ties, and we made both a lot. We have to be a lot cleaner than that.”

Eastside’s Sims ended the game with 175 yards and three touch­downs, while Hol­loway ended with five touch­downs. Se­nior Cameron Gaither came away with an in­ter­cep­tion and a fum­ble re­cov­ery.

New­ton’s Kirk­land had eight car­ries and one touch­down, while Pea­cock notched two re­ceiv­ing touch­downs. Hol­lo­man ended the game with six catches, in­clud­ing one for a 67-yard touch­down.

“There’s a lot of things we need to work on,” Hoff said. “It was a great game and an awe­some test for us. [They’re a] AAAAAAA school, and they’re picked to do some things and they have a lot of tal­ent. For us to play a game like this early in the sea­son, it’s go­ing to help us a lot.”

While New­ton has a bye week next week, the Ea­gles will re­turn to Sharp Sta­dium to face the Al­covy Tigers Fri­day, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

An­thony Banks | The Cov­ing­ton News

ABOVE: New­ton’s Dar­nell Jef­fries tack­les East­side’s Josh Sims in a game be­tween the crosstown ri­vals at Sharp Sta­dium Fri­day night. BE­LOW: New­ton’s JJ Hol­lo­man tries to shake off a de­fender dur­ing Fri­day night’s foot­ball game against East­side at Sharp...

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