East pounds Manchester, 49-7

By Kevin Colley - [email protected]

Throughout the course of the 2017 season, the East Tartans’ offensive attack has been nothing less than explosive.

On Friday evening, that point was proven once more in a contest that was played iin Sciotoville as Brady Douthat threw for two touchdowns and completed over 60 percent of his passes while Ethan Gifford and Kyle Flannery combined for four additional scores on the ground as East rolled to a 49-7 victory over Manchester in a nonconference affair at Allard Park.

From the outset, East’s offensive attack proved to be stout as the Tartans pounded the ball down the throats of the Hounds, with Douthat collecting on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Flannery to put East up 7-0 with seven minutes to play in the opening quarter. Then, after forcing a quick three-and-out, Flannery capped off an East drive with a five-yard touchdown run that put the Tartans up by a 14-0 tally with five minutes still to play in the first quarter.

However, East wasn’t done scoring in the opening frame. In fact, Douthat and Co. were just getting warmed up. The senior’s pass to J.D. Hatcher, which went for a 40-yard score with less than a minute to play in the opening stanza, put East in complete control of the affair.

In the second frame of action, the Tartans continued to pile on the points as a forced fumble by East allowed the Tartans to reattain possession less than a minute and a half into the second frame. Gifford then added his lone score on the ensuing drive with a 30-yard touchdown run to paydirt as East took a 27-0 advantage.

From there, Flannery then showed off his big-play abilities throughout the remainder of the first half, as the junior scored on a 39-yard punt return and a 5-yard rushing touchdown in back-to-back minutes to cap off the opening half of play and then, with the running clock on, added a 50-yard touchdown run with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter to cap off the East scoring.

For the contest, Douthat completed nine of his 14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 14 additional rushing yards on two carries for a seven-yard rushing average. Hatcher ultimately hauled in 66 yards receiving on two receptions for a 33 yard average, while Flannery collected 34 yards receiving on three receptions.

From a rushing standpoint, Gifford collected 103 yards rushing on just seven carries to average nearly 15 yards per carry on the evening, while also hauling in a 25-yard touchdown reception. Flannery ultimately collected 22 yards rushing on just four carries and collected three scores on the ground en route to five overall touchdowns for the contest. Trace Smith and Devon Stevens rounded out the Tartans’ offensive attack by combining to collect 27 yards on three total touches on the ground.

With the victory, East improved to a 4-1 record on the year. The Tartans, who have scored at least 46 points or more in each of their victories in 2017, will look to straight SOC I play on the right foot when East travels to Northwest on Friday evening.

By Kevin Colley

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Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7