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Eastside faces tough Carrollton in second round

COVINGTON - One down, one to go.

After beating Creekview 20-6 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs last week, the Eastside Eagles football team now have to beat an even tougher Carrollton team, who beat Washington 23-7 last week, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Homer Sharp if they hope to make it to a place they've never been before - the third round of the playoffs.

The deepest any Eastside football team has gone was in 1997 when they lost to Clarkston 14-12 in the second round of the playoffs.

While being in the playoffs is new for Eastside, Carrollton is very familiar being there.

The Trojans have been in the playoffs every year since 1988, eight years before Eastside started playing a varsity football schedule.

Carrollton made it to the quarterfinals of the Class AAA playoffs the last two season before being ousted by Carver (Columbus) both times.

The Trojans started the season with a 24-7 loss to Westminster before going on an eight-game winning streak.

Three of their wins were total domination with a 65-0 win over Avondale, 58-0 over Heritage (Ringgold) and 52-6 over Haralson County.

Before losing to Ridgeland 28-13 in the region championship, the Trojans were ranked No. 7 in the Georgia AP High School poll.

Carrollton has been scoring 29.3 points per game while limiting their opponents to 11.5.

They have also been dominating their adversaries in total yards as well as out gaining them 3,450 yards to 2,183.

Most of its yards, 2,563, have come on the ground while only throwing for 887.

The Trojans move the ball well, including on third down where they converted 51.1 percent of the time, 67 of 131.

They are just as impressive on fourth down making it 13 of 21 times (61.9 percent).

Because they are able to limit the amount of rushing yards they allow defensively, 988 all season, the Trojans defense has forced their opponents to throw the ball.

While they gave up 1,195 yards in the air, they were able to make their opponents pay for their decision with 13 interceptions.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.