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.
Eastside's theme for the football season is 'don't quit.' That theme couldn't have rung more truly than in Friday night's game on the road against Madison County. The Eagles came away with a thrilling victory in overtime, winning 28-21 in the extra period after trailing by seven with less than four minutes to go. In this exclusive Q&A, Eagles head coach Rick Hurst recaps the Eagles eventful win against Madison and the 97-yard drive that made it happen.
Coming off its 30-point victory over Alcovy, Eastside is set to play at Madison County, a team that's 2-0 with a strong balanced attack on offense.
Basketball teams throughout Newton County were busy competing for championships during the holiday season.
Sometimes, fate forces players to step up, giving them the opportunity to shine when the chance might not have been present before.
Before the 2013-2014 season, Eastside boys varsity basketball coach Greg Freeman let anyone within earshot know that his senior guard was coming for them.
The Eastside boys varsity basketball team passed its first test of region play Tuesday night at home, pummeling the Monroe Area Purple Hurricanes 81-44 in its 2013-2014 region opener.
It took almost a full half of play, but the Eastside girls basketball team heated up in the second half, toppling Monroe Area 68-48 in the Lady Eagles' region opener.
The Eastside Lady Eagles fell in non-region play Saturday afternoon on the road at North Oconee, losing 54-46 to the Lady Titans.
The Eastside Lady Eagles fell in non-region play Saturday afternoon on the road at North Oconee, falling 54-46 to the Lady Titans.
On Friday night, the Newton Rams varsity basketball team traveled to Eastside for its first contest against the Eagles this season, defeating its rivals 52-46.
Tonight, the Newton Rams and Eastside Eagles boys varsity basketball teams tipoff in a county rivalry battle for bragging rights, as both teams look to continue their impressive starts to the 2013-2014 season.
The Eastside Eagles boys varsity basketball team captured its fifth victory of the season Tuesday night on the road, defeating the Walnut Grove Warriors 61-51 in region play.
The Rockdale County Bulldogs edged Eastside 454-240, defeating the Eagles handedly Dec. 5 at Johnson Park.
The Eastside girls varsity basketball team picked up its fifth win of the season Saturday afternoon, outlasting rival Alcovy 51-46 on the road.
The Eastside basketball program picked up a pair of wins at home Friday night over Greene County, with the boys team defeating the Tigers 62-46, while the girls program outlasted Greene County 64-54.
The Eastside wrestling team defeated the Henry County Warhawks at Eastside's gymnasium on Wednesday night by the score of 63-12.
It appears after the first round of realignment, the Eastside Eagles will feel the brunt of the shuffle for the 2014-2016 school years.