EHS # 2 Sims is finally brought down by Eagles Landing player
COVINGTON -- It took a change at the quarterback position to get Eastside back on the winning track as sophomore Demario Terrell completed 10 passes for 172 yards including three touchdowns in their 36-0 shutout over Eagles Landing on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
"He played well; he gave us the spark," said Eastside head coach Rick Hurst. "I was really proud of the way he played. He improvised a couple of times and made some throws. That's what he has to do. Sometimes it doesn't work out exactly the way you draw it up. He did a good job of making things out of nothing and that's what gave us the opportunity to break the game open."
Catching half of Terrell's completions was Donte' Blackmon was had five catches, including two for touchdowns, for 110 yards.
Eastside (5-4 overall, 4-3 Region 4-AAA) showed their dominance early on both sides of the ball. Eastside's defense did not only Eagles Landing (1-8, 0-7) to get their first down until the six possession. Four of their first five possessions result in punts after going three and out with the other possession ending on a fumble recovered by Eastside.
Eagles Landing finished the game gaining only 147 yards of total offense. Fifty-two of those came on a pass from Bradley Dewberry to Griffin Keldrick early in the fourth quarter. Even though Eagles Landing had the ball on the Eastside following the reception, Eastside's defense was able to stop them getting two of their six sacks in the next four downs. "It was the first shutout of the year (by Eastside). A great job by the defense," said Hurst. "They (Eagles Landing) have been able to come out and score on folks early. The thing that set the tone was to come out here and score some points early then relax a little bit and cruise play our game."
Eastside came out scoring fast and early taking a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Terrell had a pair of touchdown passes, a 30-yard pass to Blackmon and a nine-yard pass to Chase Chancey, while Chavis Griggs, who led Eastside running the ball 13 times for 60 yards, had a one-yard dive.
Eastside scored on their first three possessions before being stopped on their next two. However, they were able to put the ball in the endzone one more time before the end of the first half on a 32-yard run by Jamondi Smith.
"We threw in a couple of new formations that they hadn't seen. They didn't adjust real well. Then when they over adjusted we were able to come back away from it and break some big runs. They started creeping up and taking their chances on the running game. We were able to get by them in the passing game. I'm real pleased with Demario," said Hurst.
After starting the game doing everything right in the first half, Eastside did a lot of things wrong in the second half. A big problem they had was handing the ball off. Terrell was involved in five fumbles in the second half with four coming on the exchange with the running back. The fifth fumble occurred on a bad pitch to Griggs.
"He has to fix his steps on the handoff. A couple of times he was stepping out too far and running into the back. We'll fix that, it's just a timing thing. We can't do those things next week against Henry (County)," said Hurst.
Eastside has to get a win against Henry County (5-4, 5-2), who upset Drew 7-0, on the road Friday to have make it to the playoffs.Eastside's only score in the second half was on a seven-yard pass from Terrell to Blackmon.