Sonya Hopper couldn't hold back the tears anymore. Sonya's daughter, Madison Hopper, was signing to attend Emmanuel College on Thursday afternoon and it brought them both to tears as Sonya spoke about Madison's journey in front of a large crowd of family and friends.
Eastside's offense has been prolific all season, but when it was shutout in the first half against Thomson, things looked dreary for the Eagles. The system was working fine. Eagles' receivers were dropping balls, quarterback Austin Holloway missed on a few throws and Eastside kept turning the ball over.
Both Newton County playoff teams advance in a wild Friday night of football.
Davonta Jones, Carlos Huggins and Jazztin Jefferson have been named the Newton, Eastside and Alcovy athletes of the week respectively.
Perennial state power Griffin rolled into Homer Sharp Stadium Friday night. And though Eastside gave them all they could handle, in the end it was too much Malik Miller and too much Bears defense as they defeated the Eagles 48-28 on the first really chilly night of the football season.
Eastside's boys basketball team was probably the best team in the county last year. The Eagles had a 15-game winning streak at one point and finished the season with a 23-4 record before falling flat in the region championship and the first round of state.
The Lady Eagles of Eastside had led for most of the game, but Chestatee took its first lead with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the region championship. The rest of the story you should already know. A back and forth battle ensued for the rest of the fourth, but Chestatee scored the final points and got the win after Eastside had taken a 50-49 lead with 38 seconds to play.
Playoff positioning was on the line this Friday night for some and others just wanted to end their season on a good note.
On a cold and windy Saturday night at Homer Sharp stadium, there was an amazing high school football game played as Eastside took on Walnut Grove for a chance to play in the region final next week versus Griffin. It was a back and forth affair, and close at the end but Eastside pulled it out defeating Walnut Grove 25-22.
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.
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With only four games remaining in the 2012 regular season, every game matters more and more each week.
The Eastside Eagles scored 17 points in the first half and hung on to defeat the Lanier Longhorns 20-14 Friday night at Homer Sharp stadium.
Eastside didn't make any major changes during its week off but will still look like a slightly different team when it hosts Lanier tonight at Sharp Stadium.
Eastside has played well on offense, defense and special teams throughout the season coming into Friday night's game at Madison County.
The Eastside softball team entered the Region 8-AAAA tournament just outside the top four looking for a state playoff appearance.
The Eastside Eagles have shown strengths in all three aspects of their game this football season, with the offense, defense and special teams all coming through with big performances.
Eddy Zamora's extra point finished off a double overtime thriller with Chestatee coming out on top of Eastside 57-56 at War Eagle Stadium on Friday.
After picking up its first loss of the season, Eastside football is ready to begin Region 8-AAAA play today when it travels to Chestatee.
The Jackson defender came barreling around the left side of the offensive line, and his gloved hand just met Colton Smith's attempt from 40 yards out spoiling a big field goal for the Eastside place kicker, and keeping the Eagles from putting points on the board last Friday night.
The Eagles' offense finally woke up, the Eagles' defense held on in key moments and the Eastside Eagles maintained a spot in the Region 8-AAAA softball tournament on Wednesday.
Trailing 14-3 to the Jackson Red Devils after three quarters, the Eastside Eagles came off the deck to score 20 unanswered points and remain undefeated in the young 2012 season.
Just one week into the 2012 football season, only one unbeaten area team remains after Eastside's opening week win over Newton.
The Eastside softball team's game vs Chestatee scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Eastside High today has been cancelled.
The Eastside softball team won for the first time in three games Thursday but still left a little to be desired by Eagles' coach Jason Stokes.
Eastside routed Newton County 32-0 before a packed house a Homer Sharp Field last night, ending a three game losing skid to its cross-town rivals.