Eastside Eagles go for the glory tonight in playoffs

COVINGTON - Break out the blankets and the noisemakers, it's time for playoff football.

The Eastside Eagles will take on the Carrollton Trojans at 7:30 p.m. today at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Ticket prices are $8.

For the first time in 11 years, a Newton County team has made it to the second round of the playoffs.

As a mater of fact, it was Eastside that made it back in 1997, their second year of region football.

While Eastside is the smallest of the three county high schools, the players and coaches are hoping to have a big turnout.

"It's been 11 years since they've been in this situation," Eastside coach Rick Hurst said. "I just hope we have a good fan base come out (today). I know Carrollton is going to bring a good crowd. I'd hate for us not to have a packed house."

The community has been very supportive of Eastside's football team for the most part, he said, adding that seeing a stadium packed full of the Eastside faithful cheering and being vocal not only makes the game more exciting, it also motivates the players.

The Eastside sidelines will need motivation against a very good Trojans team.

"We've had a great following, except when it's been wet. We need a huge crowd, because they're going to bring a lot of loud fans," Hurst said. "It's important, because it keeps us playing and it helps the community."

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