By Nathan Fry | Eastside Contributor
Capitalizing off of a quick start, along with an impressively balanced performance, the undefeated Eastside Eagles topped the Wade Hampton Generals 63-32 Friday night at John Carlisle Stadium.
The Eagles dominated the game immediately, scoring off of a Jamen Louris pick six on the Generals’ first drive of the game. Wade’s offensive struggles would continue throughout the first half, as the Eagles held them to two touchdowns, along with forcing two missed extra points.
In an amazing feat, the Eagles offense was never denied in the red zone throughout the first half. They scored a touchdown on each of their opening seven drives as well. The Eastside quarterback Marshall Skoloff was the star of the game, racking up 276 yards on 18 completions, and broke the century mark on the ground as well, along with adding two rushing touchdowns on the night.
The Eagles were well balanced on all sides of the ball Friday night, getting turnovers on both defense and special teams, along with having multiple scores with both the passing and rushing attacks. Highlight plays were in abundance all over the field for Eastside as they scored a season-high nine touchdowns.
As the second half wound down, the Generals would add three more touchdowns, but it would prove to be too little too late. Their 32-point total is their largest on the season, after scoring only 13 total points in the last two weeks. But, the scoring outburst also came with an abysmal kicking performance, missing every extra point attempt throughout the game. This was most likely caused by the Eagles stellar play by the special teams unit, as Eastside was able to get into the backfield with ease on multiple attempts, rattling the kicker.
Impressed with his team’s performance, Eastside Head Coach Andre Woolcock said “We just came out and played hard, offense, defense, and special teams. We came out and had a great team effort, so [we’re] excited about the things we were able to do tonight.”
Eastside welcomes an early bye next week after sustaining several minor injuries as they wait to play Broome High School. “We’re preparing to play a very well coached Broome team. We’re excited to move forward, but we definitely want to get healthy” said Coach Woolcock.
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