East rolls past Warriors

By Daniel Kennedy
Sep. 20, 2013 @ 10:57 PM

East Davidson continued its dominance on defense Friday night, and the Golden Eagles defeated Wheatmore 37-0.
East (4-1) has been able to control the line of scrimmage in all five of its games this season, but against the Warriors, it was the opportunistic nature of its ball-hawking defensive unit that stood out. Of their 37 points, 24 came off of turnovers.
"Those guys aren't big as a minute, but they're tough as nails," East coach Vance Hanner said of his secondary. "You throw it in their area and they're going to pick it off."
The Eagles' defense did just that, recording five interceptions on the night. About the only thing the defense did not do was find the end zone — until the second quarter.
The Warriors committed turnovers on their first and third series, which led to a pair of first-quarter scores. Cage Love and Deven Hadsock both grabbed interceptions in the opening frame. The first set up a 34-yard touchdown run by Michael Ramos.
Midway through the second quarter, Cody Bowers picked off a screen pass from Wheatmore quarterback Paul Walker and rumbled 43 yards for a score. His teammate, Drake Holbrook, duplicated the feat less than two minutes later when his 41-yard interception made gave the Eagles' a 37-point halftime lead.
"I think it says a lot about the kids in our secondary," Hanner said. "Drake Holbrook is probably one of the most talented kids we have in the program. But in the past, when he would get beat, he would get really down on himself. For whatever reason, he came into this year with a different attitude and it has really shown."
Offensively, East managed 349 total yards, but needed little. Bolen gashed Wheatmore's defense for 105 yards on 12 carries and scored pair of touchdowns. He was able to rest for much of the second half as his teammates on the second unit ate up the clock.
Austin Wallace completed 4-of-6 passes in the first half and handed the ball off for the remainder of the game.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.