Despite a five-game losing streak, Eastside coach Jeff Thomason knew that with a little confidence and execution, his team could be successful.
The Eagles scored their second-most points this season on the way to a 39-8 rout of Berea in a Region 2-AAA game at John Carlisle Field on Friday night.
Thomason said he knew that if the Eagles (2-6, including 1-4 in the region) would simply execute, they would have a chance to snap their losing streak.
“We played with a lot more confidence than we have the last couple of weeks,” Thomason said. “We still got a little sloppy. We have got to still execute. Our theme for tonight was to go out and execute and do what we’re supposed to do. Don’t try to be flashy. Don’t try to run anything outside of what’s supposed to happen and what you’re supposed to do.
“We said it before the game that we are going to execute tonight, do the X’s and O’s like we’re supposed to do. And our guys played well.”
Eastside scored 25 points in first half and finished with its highest point total since scoring 41 in its season-opening against Riverside.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Adkins led a 14-play drive to open the game that was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to running back Diamante Sullivan. After the Eagles forced the Bulldogs to punt, a long Sullivan run set up an Adkins’ touchdown that put Eastside ahead 13-0.
Late in the first quarter, Eastside’s Isaiah Francis intercepted a Berea pass and raced down the sideline 26 yards for a touchdown and a 19-0 lead.
Berea (1-7, 0-5) finally gained a little bit of momentum on Chris Edwards’ 9-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Whitlock late in the third quarter.
Eastside would score two more touchdowns – on a 19-yard touchdown pass and 13-yard run — to secure the win.
The Eagles play on the road for their final two games of the regular-season, including Friday at Travelers Rest. Berea hosts Greenville on Friday.