COVINGTON -- Penalties were abundant but it was miscues that gave Eastside the win as 28 of Eastside's points were a direct result of bad plays by Alcovy in their 38-15 win on Friday ay Homer Sharp Stadium.
"Right now there's a huge inconsistency," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. "We're going to make mistakes because we're young. How do you go in and play a ninth ranked team with your starting quarterback and a starting running back out?"
Eastside took advantage of the first miscue of the game when a high snap on punt attempt, following a 15-yard Alcovy penalty, put the ball on the Tigers 3-yard line. After two offside penalties, Cameron Boyd found Blake Rouse in the end zone for a touchdown with 8:06 left in the opening period. The very next play, Chavis Griggs took the ball 18 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles in the lead 14-0.
After going back and forth, the Eagles again took advantage of an Alcovy mishap on a blocked Barajas Eberado punt.
Griggs led the Eagles in rushing gaining 103 of Eastside's 158 rushing yards on 14 carries. Also having a good game was freshman Nick Broadwater.
"Chavis ran as well as I've seen a back run around here in a long time," Eastside head coach Rick Hurst said. "Broadwater comes in as a freshman and gave us some depth and made some plays. Both backs and the offensive line did a good job."
However, their double-digit lead did not last long as Devon Edwards ran the ensuing kickoff back 91 yards for the score. Following the 2-point conversion, Eastside's lead was cut to six points, 14-8.
The Tigers put themselves in position to take the lead after Kenard Murray intercepted a Boyd pass returning it to the 23. But a strong Eastside defense and a block by the special teams gave the Eagles the ball in midfield.
"The personal fouls early hurt us and the blocked kicked. If we put that in we have a lead going into a quarter and a half," Hoffman said.
It took the Eagles nine plays before Griggs scored his second touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run.
Alcovy also took advantage of the mistakes as a roughing the punter call gave the Tigers the extra chance they needed to score. After getting the ball back on the Eastside 26-yard line, it took the Tigers six plays before Marcus Williams scored on a 2-yard run with 6:20 remaining in the third frame.
The Eagles finally started to get things going their way as they kept the ball on the ground until Alcovy stopped them. Six plays and 61 yards later, Boyd ran the ball the final 13 yards giving the Eagles a 28-15 lead.
Another Alcovy turnover gave the Eagles a comfortable 20-point lead when Marcus Griffieth picked up a loose ball before scampering nine yards for the score.
"I thought we did a good job up front. We had some penetration a couple of times but for the most part, especially in the second half, we just wore them down a little bit.
We knew we had things at halftime with some missed execution plays in the first half that kept us from not going down the field," Hurst said. "We come back as always with a great coaching staff putting together a good plan in the second half."