Eastside's #5 (Blackmon) Holds onto a pass temporarily. Staff Photo: Lee Depkin
COVINGTON -- Even though both teams made mistakes and turnovers, it was Stockbridge that was able to take advantage of it handing Eastside their third Region 4-AAA loss on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
The Tigers (6-1, 4-1) ruined Eastside's (4-4, 3-3) homecoming beating the Eagles 21-3.
Stockbridge took advantage of poor tackling by Eastside's linebackers and defensive line allowing Curtis Lindsay to bust a 59-yard run right up the middle of Eastside's defense in the second play of the game. Lindsay, who rushed for 127 yards, 51 more than Eastside's team, scored with less than one minute off the clock.
Stockbridge had a chance to increase their lead late in the opening frame but a fumble stopped them dead in their tracks. The Eagles drove the ball but were unable to penetrate the goal line. Instead, the Eagles settled for a 33-yard field goal by Colton Smith a minute into the second quarter.
The Eagles had a chance to take the lead before halftime as they were sitting on the Tigers 31-yard line on a fourth and one situation. However, instead of a perfectly thrown ball by Cameron Boyd which hit the receiver in the hands going for a first down, the ball hit the ground giving the ball back to Stockbridge.
A short punt by Eastside late in the third period gave the Tigers the ball on the Eagles 39-yard line. On the fourth play of the drive. Trenton Earl hit Boris Burton for a short 10-yard pass. After a few moves by Burton, the Tigers were celebrating an 18-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 14-3 lead with 3:49 showing on the clock.
The Eagles were determined to get back into the ball game as they drove the ball down field gaining 46 yards on 15 plays, including two fourth down situations. However, on the third fourth down play on the Stockbridge 26, Boyd threw an interception. The Tigers' Corey Hall caught the ball on the 13 yard line and took it back 87 yards for a Tigers touchdown.
While both quarterbacks had an interception, the Tigers were able to take advantage of their situation. Stockbridge also won the turnover battle as they fumbled twice but lost it once. The Eagles on the other had put the ball on the ground three times losing it twice. Eastside also had more penalties which stopped one too many drives. The Eagles were penalized nine times for 50 yards while the Tigers were penalized four times for 35 yards.
Stockbridge will be back in action on Friday as they take on Locust Grove (1-6, 1-4) for Senior Night while the Eagles will try to regroup after losing three straight games for the first time since 2005 when they went 0-10.