Eagles/Tartan ready to square off

Zac Conner - Sports Contributor

The East Tartans have come out of the gate on fire this season. They have started off this season with an impressive 6-0 record. Their closest contest was a 15-8 victory over Alexander, with the rest of their contests being of the blowout variety. They are coming off a sloppy, penalty and turnover ridden win against the Northwest Mohawks 46-14.

When asked about those turnovers, three fumbles lost last week, Tartans head coach James Gifford said “We worked hard this week in ball handling drills, fumble prevention drills and things, so we feel like we’ve gotten better his week and that’s all we can ask for and we feel like we’ve done that.”

The Tartans are prepared for what Eastern will bring their way as well.

“The quarterback (Clay) Martin is a good athlete, experience there from last year and their running back (Noah) Gray and the big linemen Dalton Thomas. They’ve got several nice athletes so there’s not really one person to key in on, but those would be the three to watch for us,” Gifford said.

The Eastern Eagles are ready for this matchup, however. They aren’t intimidated by the impressive and undefeated East squad.

When asked about trying to take down the giant, Eagles head coach Scott Tomlinson said “The game plan is to try and get a lot of people the football, they’ve got a lot of team speed, we know they’re faster than we are so we got to try and spread the football around quickly and get around their team speed.”

He is also confident in his team heading into Friday night.

“We’re just going to do what we do, no special plans or special defenses, we’ll just play what we play and we don’t want our kids to think too much, we just want them to get to the football,” Tomlinson said.

The Eastern Eagles are far healthier than they have been all season, with all members of the team available for this matchup. That is a luxury the Eagles have not had all season, and they look forward to using that to their advantage in this week’s game

Zac Conner

Sports Contributor