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Posted: August 30, 2011 8:18 p.m.

EHS’ Smith out 6-8 weeks with fracture

Rams ride big plays in 21-0 win over Shiloh in season opener

If the Eagles are going to make it back to the playoffs and make a run at a region championship, they'll have to do it without starting running back Alex Smith.

Smith fractured his right arm Friday in the first play of the game for Eastside during their 38-15 win over Alcovy and will miss the next 6-8 weeks according to head coach Rick Hurst. Smith had surgery Tuesday and will be in a cast while recovering.

"I just hate it for the kid," Hurst said after the game. "He’s worked so hard and had a good offseason, but things like that happen. It’s just part of the game."

Smith suffered the injury while trying to plant his arm on the way down during a running play. He came off the field with his wrist badly displaced before receiving medical treatment on the sidelines. Smith was taken to Newton Medical for X-rays.

With Smith out, the rushing load falls on senior Chavis Griggs’ shoulders the rest of the way. Griggs showed more than capable of carrying the bulk of Eastside’s rushing duties Friday as he ran for a game-high 105 yards and two touchdowns. Griggs’ impressive debut as Eastside's No. 1 so-to-speak back was just what the team needed after Smith's injury.

"That was a great night for him (Griggs), and really good to see a guy who isn’t the feature back, come in and have a game like this," Hurst said. "We knew he had it in him. He showed tonight he can be a feature back."

Eastside will also turn to Jomandi Smith and Nick Broadwater to carry the ball in the backfield. Jomandi Smith missed Friday’s opener with a shoulder injury. Broadwater, a freshman, also looked good in his debut, rushing for 73 yards in nine carries.

 

Newton 21, Shiloh 0

For the second straight year, Newton cruised past Shiloh to open its season. The Rams shutout the Generals 21-0 after defeating them 24-3 to open the 2010 season.

Newton picked up where it left off last week against Rockdale in the scrimmage game and scored on a special teams play. Tyrique Brown scooped up a bad snap on a Shiloh punt for a touchdown.

Offensively the Rams were buoyed by JaVonte Williams' 83-yard touchdown run. Williams exploded up the middle then outran defenders in the secondary to cap Newton's scoring on the night. The Rams had two rushing touchdowns for the game. BJ Reid scored from three yards out.

Newton faces Eastside Friday to determine a county champion. An Eastside win hands the honor to the Eagles after they dispatched Alcovy Friday. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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