By Nathan Fry | Eastside Contributor
An all out battle took place Friday night at John Carlisle Stadium as the Chapman Panthers dominated the Eastside Eagles 69 to 35.
After three quick touchdowns on the ground, Eastside’s defense was tested right from the start. Chapman, a team who is known for throwing the ball, didn’t utilize QB Mikele Colasurdo’s arm throughout the first half, scoring five times on the ground instead. Surprisingly, four of them were scored by their quarterback. The Chapman rushing attack easily racked up yards across the opening two quarters and never looked back after taking a 34-7 halftime lead.
The Eagles showed flashes of their strong performances throughout the last 4 weeks, with strong plays through the air and yet another Jamen Louris interception. Though the Eagles scored on the opening kick of the second half, as well as improving in all areas of the game throughout the third quarter, the Eagles slow start made it difficult to come back in the end.
Eastside’s offense was still able to put points on the board with a strong second half performance, but every time they scored the Panthers were able to keep them at arms length with quick strikes. The Eagles just never seemed to find rhythm as the Chapman defense swarmed the backfield all night.
Speaking about his team’s second half performance, Coach Woolcock said “Our kids never quit. That’s the positive. We played a really good Chapman team tonight. I tip my hat to those guys, to Coach Hodge as well.”
With ten touchdowns in the game, the Chapman offense was no slouch. Running the ball all over the field, as well as airing it out in the third, they proved unstoppable for a solid Eastside defense.
“This one hurts, but we start region play next week” said Coach Woolcock following the game. “We can still achieve our goals. We gotta see the positives and these guys have some dog in them. This loss does not end our season. This loss will not kill us, I promise you.”
The Panthers improve to 6-0 on the year, while the Eagles fall to 4-1. Eastside will open up their region schedule at home against Travelers Rest next Friday night, while Chapman will face Broome.
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