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Eastside unbeaten in region play
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The Eastside High School football team stretched its Region 4-AAAA record to 3-0 with a 42-0 win at Henry County Friday night.

“Defense did a great job,” Eastside coach Troy Hoff said. “Any time you shut somebody out, no matter what the situation is, they’re playing good football.”

It not only was the Eagles third straight win, but the second straight game, in which their defense did not allow a point.
“Our defense has been extremely instrumental,” Hoff said. “They put us in good position all year, and again, any time your defense can set up the offense that way, we play complementary football in all three phases. That’s the key. We put them in a couple tough situations throughout the year, and they responded.”

Offensively, it was the second straight game and third time this season Eastside has scored more than 40 points.

“We were efficient on offense,” Hoff said. “We controlled the line of scrimmage, and I think that’s where it starts. We did a really good job up front, and from there, we had some room to make some plays.”

The Eagles will look to continue its hold on the region but will have a tough test this coming Friday. Eastside will travel to Woodward Academy, in College Park, which is also unbeaten in region play.

“It’s a very important game in the region for both coming into the game undefeated in the region,” Hoff said. “There are a lot of implications there. They’re a really good football team and a good football program. They’re No. 2 or No. 3, depending on what polls, in the state for a reason. They’ve been extremely successful the last few years, so it’s a very good football team coming to town. Our guys will be up to the challenge. They’re excited about the opportunity to play a quality opponent. We’ve had really good preparation the last few weeks, and our guys look forward to a game like that.”

Mariya Lewter contributed to this report.