By Nathan Fry | Eastside Contributor
It was a strong performance for the Eagles all around, as they defeated the Bulldogs 49-15 on Friday night. The offense soared once again, scoring in several different ways.
Eastside started the scoring early, with center Alex Shirley recovering a loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown only one minute into the game. This was a pace that the Eagles would not break throughout the first half, as they posted 42 points through two quarters.
Quarterback Marshall Skoloff propelled the Eagles to yet another blowout win, scoring through the air, on the ground, and even receiving the ball from Eastside wideout Peyton Mangrum. “That was awesome,” said Skoloff. “It’s definitely awesome to have Peyton in the backfield too. Trying new things on offense and finding new ways to score is always cool.”
The Eagles aired it out, scoring outside of the red zone on multiple drives, including a 70-yard pass to Peyton Mangrum down the right sideline. Long passes like those were able to open up the ground game as well, with Max Louris gaining yards on chunk plays, while scoring a touchdown of his own on the night.
In what was perhaps the most impressive statistic for the offense, the Eagles were able to spread the ball out to a different receiver for all three passing touchdowns. After escaping the pocket, Skoloff found a wide open Devery Cagle in the middle of the end zone. Following that score, Dawson Conrad was the next receiver on the board, breaking tackles and scoring with an impressive diving effort at the goal line.
Berea’s offense struggled against the Eagles’ front seven early, being held to a gain of one on an early fourth down conversion attempt. Eastside would score two plays later, capitalizing on the momentum gained from the strong defensive performance. The Eagles secondary had an interception near the goal line late in the game, adding to their impressive total of turnovers on the season.
The rushing game was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, as running back Julian Nesmith broke off multiple chunk plays in each quarter. Despite the offense’s weak performance on Eastisde’s side of the field, Nesmith scored one touchdown on the night, breaking multiple tackles easily.
Capping off their four game home stand with a 3-1 record, as well as improving to 6-1 overall, the Eagles are carrying strong momentum into the rest of their region schedule. “We’re looking forward to the rest of the season, facing the rest of our region and going into the playoffs strong” said Skoloff.
For their Week 8 matchup, Eastside will travel to Blue Ridge to take on the Tigers. Berea – who is hoping to win their second game of the year – will host the Greer Yellow Jackets next Friday night.
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