The Eastside High School football team dug deep to come out with a 32-31 overtime win against the Oconee County Warriors Friday night.
The game was tied four times in regulation, with neither team being able to hold on to a lead for long. At 24-24, the game went into overtime, and the Warriors scored first to go up 31-24. Quarterback Austin Holloway responded with a touchdown of his own, and the Eagles’ two-point conversion attempt gave them the 32-31 victory and their third win of the season.
“All three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams made big plays at big moments,” said Eastside Coach Troy Hoff on what was key to the close win. Several players stepped up in big moments, including Josh Sims who scored the Eagles’ first two touchdowns to give them a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter. Following the game, Oconee County’s Roques Dowdy tweeted that Sims was the best receiver he’s played throughout his high school career.
The Eagles held a 21-14 lead at halftime, but Oconee County scored the one third quarter touchdown to bring the game back even at the start of the fourth. Both teams were held to field goals in the final quarter as defenses tightened up, but the Eagles refused to be beaten in overtime.
“We’ll be moving forward with a lot of confidence,” Hoff said. “We went on the road and beat a ranked opponent that’s a really good football team. Any time you can do that, especially on the road in a tight game the way we won in overtime, it should give us a lot of confidence moving forward with the big games we have ahead of us.”
From here on out, the Eagles will be facing only region opponents for the rest of the season, starting with Druid Hills, which lost to North Clayton on Friday. According to Hoff, there isn’t much that the Eagles need to change to get ready for its next few games.
“Our preparation doesn’t really change week to week,” he said. “The opponent changes and what they do and what we’re going to see from them, but we’ll just stick with our process of getting our guys ready to play on Friday night.”