Eastside ran over Hampton on Friday with its 47-14 win. Carlos Huggins ran for two touchdowns and the Eagles' defense was making plays all over the field, including some huge hits against Hampton. The defense also recovered at least four fumbles, and took advantage of Hampton's giveaways.
There were some dominating performances in this week's football matchups.
Eastside (4-2, 2-2) started off its region schedule this year with two tough losses Griffin and Jonesboro. But since then, Eagles' head coach Rick Hurst has gotten his team back on track and focused on making a push for the state playoffs.
Sophomore receiver Josh Sims has been selected as Elite Auto's athlete of the week. Sims came up big in Eatsside's region win vs Locust Grove on Saturday, including catching a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown that helped give the Eagles a lead at the end of the first half.
Here are the Covington News' athletes of the week. Representing for Alcovy is Raven Smith. Smith had a good week on offense including scoring three runs in the Tigers region championship win. For Newton, there are two athletes: Davonta Jones and Deandre Huff. Huff and Jones combined for 12 catches, over 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Tucker on Friday. The Eastside Elite Auto athlete of the week is the entire Lady Eagles softball team. Although they lost to Locust Grove on Monday, the Lady Eagles had a stellar season that saw them go 16-6 including a 7-3 record ...
Eastside softball suffered a 7-0 loss to Locust Grove on Monday ending its run in the region tournament and the Lady Eagles' season.
Arthur Holmes has been selected as the Eastside Elite Auto Collision Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 22. Holmes helped lift the Eagles to a 49-21 win a previously undefeated Eagles' Landing team. In the game Holmes recorded two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns.
Eastside quarterback Austin Holloway dropped back and delivered a pass to avoid taking what would've been a sack in practice on Wednesday. The Eagles' defense quickly took down the receiver, something they've struggled with as of late, and head coach Rick Hurst praised his defense, but he also coached up players to what they needed to do right.
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.
Thursday's matchup against Walnut Grove (19-2, 10-0 Region 4-AAAA) had huge implications for Eastside (15-4-1, 7-3 Region 4-AAAA). A win would have put them in sole possession of third place in the region behind Walnut Grove and Eagle's Landing. Walnut Grove, however, is one of the best teams in the state and it showed on Thursday in its 8-0 victory over Eastside.
Eastside (2-2, Region 4-AAAA) came into the game against Jonesboro (1-3, Region 4-AAAA) after suffering a humiliating loss to No. 3 ranked Griffin. However, that wasn't all that was ailing the Eagles. Sophomore starting running back Eric Stokes and backup Andrew Henderson were both sidelined with injuries, however Eastside played well and had a chance to win before losing in overtime, 27-21.
Being named the Atlanta Touchdown Club's lineman of the week is an accomplishment in itself, but for Eastside senior defensive end Arthur Holmes it could mean greater things.
It was a mismatch.
Other than a stellar fifth inning that saw Newton score all five of its runs, Eastside - rocking the pink unis on Monday - owned the game and the rivalry this season making them 2-0 to finish the series against its rival, as the Lady Eagles ran away with a 13-5 victory.
This isn't David vs. Goliath. Eastside (2-0 Region 4-AAAA) is too good of a team to be David, but Griffin (2-0 Region 4-AAAA), ranked No. 3 in the state by maxpreps.com, is definitely goliath-level football. A better comparison would probably be Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed - the first time - with Eastside being Rocky and Griffin, the undisputed champion, being Apollo.
The Eastside Eagles hit the road Friday and traveled to Gainesville to face the Chestatee War Eagles in a Region-8AAAA match-up.
The Eastside varsity baseball squad hosted the Alcovy Tigers Saturday, looking for a victory to redeem itself from a loss to the Tigers back from a year ago.
The Eastside girls and boys soccer teams suffered a region sweep Friday night against the Chestatee War Eagles, dropping a pair of contest in Region 8-AAAA action.
Missing several key players due to injury, the Eastside Lady Eagles soccer team was overpowered by the visiting Walnut Grove Lady Warriors Tuesday afternoon at Sharp Stadium, falling 4-0 to its region rival.
Eastside's Jerry Marban scored early, Daniel Powers scored his second goal late, and Brian Worton played superbly in goal as the Eastside Eagles boys varsity soccer team defeated region rival Walnut Grove 3-1 Tuesday night at Sharp Stadium.
Eastside senior baseball player Hanks Steele made his pledge to Middle Georgia State College Tuesday afternoon, signing his National Letter of Intent with the Knights' program in front of coaches, family and friends.
The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team traveled to Morgan County Monday night for a rematch against the Morgan County Bulldogs.
The Eastside Eagles soccer team rebounded from a Friday night loss with a 4-0 shutout victory over rival Newton Saturday afternoon at Sharp Stadium.
A very eager, but inexperienced, Eastside Eagles boys soccer team hung with a bigger, faster more technically sound Lumpkin County Indians program well into the second half of Friday's region opener, but, in the end, the Indians wore down the Eagles and defeated Eastside 3-1 at Sharp Stadium.
Missing four starters, and playing six freshmen, the Eastside Eagles girls soccer team was at a disadvantage from the opening whistle Friday night against visiting Lumpkin County.
The Eastside Eagles evened their record at 3-3 Wednesday night after hosting the Morgan County Bulldogs (5-3) in a 16-0 run-rule affair.
The Eastside Eagles boys soccer team dropped its first match of the season on the road Monday night, falling 3-1 to Rockdale County in non-region action.
The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team traveled to Lawrenceville Saturday for a non-region, split double-header against Apalachee and Mountain View.
The Eastside baseball team found out what a difference a week could make, rebounding from an early season loss to rival Newton with a 7-6 rematch victory over the Rams in the home opener Tuesday night.
It was a banner night for the Eastside boys soccer team's offense Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium, as the Eagles lit up the Alcovy Tigers 7-0 in non-region action.