With temperatures starting at 42 degrees and dipping down to 36 with a few snow flurries, Eastside's bats didn't cool off in an 8-4 victory in Monroe Area Monday.
The last time Eastside football lost three games in a row, Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a Sprint Cup championship, my house was still worth more than I paid for it and an up-and-coming young senator from Illinois had everyone wondering if we were ready for our first black president. After Friday's 21-3 loss to Stockbridge, that's exactly where the Eagles find themselves. It's a place no player in the program today ...
Big plays doomed Eastside again. For the second straight week, the Eagles gave up a long rushing touchdown in the first quarter, quarterback Cameron Boyd had an interception returned for a touchdown and the Eagles lost an important region game, this time falling to Stockbridge 21-3.
The three high schools are all in action tonight for the first time in three weeks and while the opponents are different, the agenda is the same. Win. Certainly every football team wants to win every time out but for Eastside, Alcovy and Newton, a win tonight carries significant meaning.
Eastside and Harlem played 15 innings of nearly flawless softball over two games in the opening round of the Class AAA softball playoffs Wednesday. Ironically, the series was decided by one miscue.
Eastside dropped its second straight region game Saturday, putting its chance of earning the second-seed and a home playoff game in peril. Based on the way the Eagles played in their 28-21 loss to Drew, just earning a playoff berth may prove to be an accomplishment.
Eastside can't help to feel like it let one get away. That one would be the Region 4-AAA softball title and a No. 1 seed in next week's state playoffs.
Eastside's epic battle with Sandy Creek Saturday will go down as one of the toughest losses in school history. That the eagles came to within a minute and a 76-yard touchdown pass away from knocking off the top team in the state – a feat not done in 34 games now, is of little consolation. Especially with work left to do.
JACKSON - Eastside let a golden opportunity to win the Region 4-AAA softball title slip through its fingers Wednesday. Rather, the Lady Eagles let it slip under their gloves.
Remember the name Cole Garvin. I know everyone at Sharp Stadium Saturday night will. After ripping Eastside's heart out with one of the best throws I've ever seen a high school quarterback make to lift Sandy Creek past the Eagles 13-10 in the final minute of the game, Garvin is public enemy number one this week over at 10245 Eagles Drive. I'm sure down in Tyrone, the euphoria still hasn't worn off.
JACKSON - When Taylor Causey returned to Eastside's softball team two weeks ago, head coach Jason Stokes knew he was getting his staff ace back. But his team's best hitter too?
Eastside nearly took down the No. 1 team in the state Saturday. Unfortunately for the Eagles, nearly doesn't mean a thing.
Taylor Causey's return as Eastside's ace has ignited the Lady Eagles. It may be just enough to propel them back to the state softball tournament Columbus.
Sandy Creek may be the best high school football team in Georgia, in any classification. Eastside coaches certainly believe that.
Eastside limped into Spalding without three of its primary offensive weapons. Fortunately for the Eagles, Chavis Griggs was healthy and the defense was at its most dominant.
Eastside's competition cheerleading squad took home the top trophy last Saturday at its opening meet at Morgan County. The Lady Eagles look to keep things going Saturday at Alcovy. Eastside will be one of the county teams participating in a county-wide competition. Along with Alcovy and Eastside, Cousins, Indian Creek and Veterans middle schools will compete.