The Eastside High School football team committed four turnovers in a 21-0 loss to the Loganville Red Devils on the road Friday night.
The athletic Eagles’ defense slowed Loganville’s offense throughout the first half, but offensive mistakes led to points for the Red Devils.
Early in the first quarter, Loganville’s Matthew Petit picked up a fumble caused by a Kenneth Singleton sack and raced 65 yards to put the Red Devils ahead 7-0 early. That would also be the score at halftime.
"Winning the turnover battle is huge," said Loganville coach Mike Humphreys. "When you win the turnover battle, you usually have a pretty good chance to win the game."
The two offenses continued to struggle in the second half, thanks to numerous pressures and sacks. For the Red Devils, Jason Martinez played a significant role with multiple tackles for loss.
Eastside got its own defensive licks in, thought. Caleb Allen intercepted a pass from Loganville’s Cam Perkins in the end zone in the second quarter.
"Offensively, we've got to do a better job of moving the football early in the game," Humphreys said.
Loganville’s Semaje Banks and Darryl Giles scored on short touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to seal Eastside’s first loss of the year.
Eastside has an off date this coming Friday and will travel to Oconee County for its next game on Sept. 23.