It wasn’t exactly a smooth performance, but it was a big-margin win as Pickens won its first Peach Blossom AAA Region road game, registering a 45-7 rout of Eastside on Friday night.
The win gives the Blue Flame a nice liftoff in the region race as Pickens improved to 2-0, as well as 3-1 overall.
“It’s good to get a 2-0 start,” said Blue Flame coach Chad Seaborn. “Sloppy at times and penalties, but it’s tough to be upset about a 45-7 win.
“That’s what we’re trying to get to. We want to be as perfect as we can be on every play, on every series. We’ve got to have that controlled aggression.”
The Blue Flame continued to show balance in striking fast at Eastside, jumping to a 21-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game.
In the first half, Elijah Turner threw two touchdown passes, one to J. C. Baker and one to Mason Covey, and Austin Clark ran for a score.
Defense participated in the scoring, too, as Koryo Gassmann notched the game’s first score by returning an interception for a touchdown. Mason Covey added a touchdown on an interception return.
“Offense did a great job. It’s just they’ve done so well the previous weeks that this week wasn’t as good as that,” Seaborn said. “That’s where they want to be as well, that same standard every week.
“We’ve got to keep raising the standard.”
One high standard has been the kicking of Matt Gravely. In the first region game, he converted all nine extra-point attempts and added a 42-yard field goal.
Against Eastside, Gravely was 6 for 6 on point-after tries and boomed a 51-yard field goal right before halftime.
“His leg is just getting stronger and stronger,” Seaborn said.
Pickens will host Berea on Friday in the Blue Flame’s homecoming game.