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Posted: October 17, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Eastside looks to bounce back against Indians

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The Eastside Eagles host Lumpkin County at Sharp Stadium Friday night in region action.

The Eastside Eagles look to bounce back tonight at home against Lumpkin County after a road loss last week to Lanier.

The 40-10 loss to the Longhorns a week ago dropped the Eagles to 1-2 in region play, but the struggling Indians enter Sharp Stadium tonight with a 1-5 overall record.

Eastside coach Rick Hurst said the Eagles didn't play their best second half a week ago, but he hopes to rebound tonight against the Indians.

"We didn’t play well in the second half last week and Lanier took advantage of it," Hurst said. "We were on the field too much defensively and fatigue set in. We have to do a better job of not putting ourselves into those situations."

Hurst said that looks can be deceiving in regard to Lumpkin County's record.

"They play hard and they are a scrappy bunch," Hurst said. "You have to take care of business early against them and you can’t let them hang around. If you can jump on a struggling team early, sometimes you can take the fire out of them, but if you let them hang around deep in the game, you never know what can happen.

"They have some good players," he said. "Their quarterback and receivers are solid and they do a good enough job in the run game to keep you off balance. Their record does not indicate their ability and they continue to get better each week."

The Eagles will also depend on the maturation of quarterback Austin Holloway in his second start against the Indians.

"I thought Austin handled it as well as he could," Hurst said. "Austin is very coachable and he is such a competitor; he hates to lose. It’s tough being in his situation, but he’s gaining valuable experience. He can learn and grow from this."

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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