Eastside has opportunity against weak Madison Co.

COVINGTON -- Madison County could be what the Eagles need after losing their last two games.

Even though the Red Raiders (0-4 overall, 0-1 Region 8-AAAA) won four of the last five times they've played Eastside (2-2, 0-1), this is a different Madison County team.

If the Eagles defense plays to its potential, Eastside should have little trouble stopping a team that is averaging less than seven points a game. Madison County's largest offensive output so far has been 12 points against Franklin County; it was held scoreless against North Oconee.

In the four games played by the Red Raiders, they have scored a total of 26 points. Eastside's defense has scored five touchdowns in four games with Cameron Boyd scoring two, Jamal Hardge, William Gann and Antonious Sims scoring once.

Madison County's defensive opponents took advantage of several offensive miscues in their previous games. Against Lanier, the Longhorns defense scored the winning touchdown after recovering a fumble, while North Oconee's first two scoring drives were a result of a pair of interceptions.

Eastside's offense should be able to exploit Madison County's defense. The Red Raiders are giving up 30 points per game on average. Oconee County and North Oconee scored the most points with 39 and 49 points. Against Chestatee last week, the Eagles scored 56 points while gaining more than 400 yards of total offense. Leading the offensive charge was Jomandi Smith, who ran for 208 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns. The Eagles have done a good job of putting points on the board, scoing 121 points in four games.