By Nathan Fry | Eastside Contributor
Well rested from an early bye, Eastside is prepared for a battle in Week 4.
Broome looks to have its hands full on Friday night, as the 2-2 Centurions will have to find a way to slow down Eastside’s junior QB Marshall Skoloff, who is averaging 256 yards through the air this season. The high-powered Eastside offense looks to take over on the road against a Broome team that is hoping for its first home win.
Speaking about the opponent this week, Eastside Head Coach Andre Woolcock said “Broome has some good pieces on defense. Those guys get after it and they blitz effectively. On offense they run the ball very well.” Both teams are averaging over 100 yards a game on the ground, along with similar sack and tackle totals to this point in the season. This game will certainly be won in the trenches.
“So far, so good defensively. We haven’t given up any points in the second half while our starters have been in” said Coach Woolcock.
With all the spotlight on the balanced and high powered offense— which averages nearly 250 yards both through the air and on the ground— the Eagles’ opportunistic defense that capitalizes on turnovers and causes havoc in the backfield is sometimes forgotten. Harassing the quarterback, blocking kicks, and taking advantage of every miscue their last time out against Wade Hampton, the defensive front look to be a problem again for the Centurions. Lastly, Eastside’s strong second half defense may be a major factor this Friday, as Broome’s offense hasn’t scored in a third quarter yet this season.
There’s certainly reason for optimism for Eastside’s offense, as they’re totaling nearly 500 yards per game. When asked about the unit’s performance so far, Woolcock said “We’re averaging fifty points a game. I’m excited because it’s one of those things where we’re rolling. We feel pretty good about what’s coming our way.”
With a strong, well balanced attack, along with the extremely good performance in the red zone so far, there’s no reason to think that the Eagles’ point fest won’t continue against the Centurions.
“We know that we’re gonna have a tough game this week but at the same time, we feel like things are coming together for us. We’re excited about the opportunity.”
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