Covington COVINGTON — The Eagles defense did something that no one else has been able to accomplish this season, hold Sandy Creek scoreless through three quarters. Unfortunately, the Patriots scored two touchdowns in the final period to beat Eastside 13-10 on Saturday.
Eastside (4-2 overall, 3-1 in Region 4-AAA) appeared to have the momentum on their side holding on to a 10-7 lead with just over one minute left on the clock. Eastside’s defense had been putting pressure on Sandy Creek (5-0, 4-0) sophomore quarterback Cole Garvin, who was 12-of-23 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, as he was sacked twice by Sheldon Rankins and Shaquille Huff.
But the Patriots offensive line gave him the time when he needed it allowing JaQuay Williams to get down the field and give Sandy Creek the 13-10 lead with 58 seconds left in the game on a 73-yard reception. With 53 seconds left on the clock, Eastside had hopes of a come back. But in the end they succumbed to Sandy Creek with an interception by Shaquille Wiggins on the first play to increase the Patriots win streak to 34 games.
Even though the Eagles ended up losing by three points, they could have won by three points if not for two missed field goals of distances of 34 and 26 yards.
Eastside grabbed the lead late in the first quarter after driving the ball 35 yards where Colton Smith split the uprights with 1:47 left on the clock.
In the third quarter following Rankins’ interception on a tipped ball at the Sandy Creek 35, Eastside scored the first touchdown of the game on a one yard run by Chavis Griggs with 8:34 left on the clock. The Eagles got into the position for Griggs’ run on an 18-yard pass from Cameron Boyd to Quon Moton. Following a roughing the passer penalty, Boyd got the ball to the 1-yard line on a run of eight yards.
Before the one hiccup by the defense, the Eagles dominated Sandy Creek. The Patriots normally explosive offense was held to 79 yards through three quarters with a fumble recovery by Antonius Sims and interception by Marcus Griffieth and Rankins. Eastside’s defense was so dominant that they held Sandy Creek without a first down until the third drive of the third period.
In the fourth quarter after trying to run a balanced offense without any results, the Patriots went to a hurry-up offense where they threw the ball five of the six plays. Garvin went 5-for-5 for 54 yards which ended in a 3-yard touchdown pass to Chancellor Triplett with 7:29 left in the game.
Sandy Creek tried to see if they could repeat the end result in their next possession with less than four minutes left in the game. Instead, Eagles defense stopped Garvin who was 1-for-4 for six yards giving the Eagles the ball on the Patriots 26-yard line with 3:30 left.
The Eagles ran the clock down to a minute before giving the ball back to the Patriots.