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Eagles too much for Alcovy to handle in season opener

Eastside’s Carlos Higgins runs into the end zone untouched to give the Eagles a 22-0 lead over Alcovy with :22 seconds left in the first quarter at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday. (Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

Eastside’s Carlos Higgins runs into the end zone untouched to give the Eagles a 22-0 lead over Alcovy with :22 seconds left in the first quarter at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday. (Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

COVINGTON — Eastside took advantage of Alcovy’s lack of offense needing less than 40 yards for a touchdown (two) of their four scores in their 36-6 win at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

The Tigers (0-1) found it difficult to move the ball on the ground gaining only 122 yards of total offense in the first half. They had 21 yards rushing on nine touches while Alcovy quarterback Bubba Hickson went 8-for-21 for 101 yards with D’Anthony Bell catching three balls for 39 yards and with Kenyon Kelly a yard behind bell on three receptions as well.

Both team came out and tried to established the run early with a few passes thrown around. But it was the Eagles (1-0) that were able to make the most of the possessions scoring on their three of the first four drives taking a 22-0 lead.

Scoring on running plays for Eastside were Eric Stokes from 66 yards, Andrew Henderson from the 3-yard line and Carlos Higgins from 10-yards out.

Alcovy finally caught a few breaks taking the 98 yards in 15 plays scoring on a 36 pass from Hickson to Kelly with 8:55 left in the first half.

After stumbling on their drive, the Eagles were able to regroup taking the ball 60 yards in 10 plays to take a 29-6 lead into the locker room following an 7-yard pass from Austin Holloway to Tim Haynes with 1:41 on the clock.

The Eagles gained 113 yards on the ground in the first half but were shutdown in the second half with only 17 yards rushing. Stokes led the Eastside backfield with 86 yards on six carries. Holloway threw the ball 16 times completing eight for 85 yards in the first half. Henderson was Eastside’s leading receiver with three catches for 35 yards.

The Tigers started the third quarter with a purpose running and catching the ball with a fire they seemed to lack in the first half. After driving the ball inside the Eastside 10-yard line, the Eagles defense jumped on a loose ball ending the threat.

Eastside continued to swerve their way through the Tigers defense. It looked like they were on their way to another touchdown when a fumble gave ball back to Alcovy on the Tigers 27.

The Eagles scored again midway through the fourth quarter on an 11-yard pass from Holloway to Evan House putting the game out of reach.