Prep Football: East hands Trinity 44-13 loss
East Davidson gladly welcomes the open date next Friday, but with the way they have been performing this season they may want to skip it all together and keep playing.
Concluding its nonconference slate in the friendly confines of East Davidson Community Stadium, the Golden Eagles pounded its second straight opponent from Trinity, blasting the Bulldogs 44-13 Friday evening. Bryce Bolen eclipsed the century mark for a second consecutive week with 106 yards and a touchdown. Michael Ramos tallied two touchdowns by ground and air, Austin Wallace tossed for two scores on 160 yards passing, and linebacker Nathan Campbell picked off a pass and returned it for a score. He had a 3-yard TD run as well. East will enter its week off with an impressive 5-1 record, as momentum for the start of Central Carolina Conference play continues to build. Salisbury is first up on the conference schedule
“This all started in the offseason with the team and coaches we put together,” said the senior Campbell. “Hope is building and the ball is rolling. We have a team that is excited, coaches are excited and the community is excited as well.”
An early turnover gave East the ball at the THS 27, but the drive never left that point on the field with a turnover on downs.
The defense forced a punt on the next series and the Eagles took flight. Bolen received the pitch from Wallace and hit the right side. He eluded one final defender and jetted 49 yards for the score and a 7-0 lead with 7:12 showing first quarter.
East went on to score on its last three drives of the half.
Campbell worked the sideline from 3 yards away early second quarter for a 14-0 score.
Next time on offense, Ramos darted out from the backfield and Wallace found him for a pitch and catch of 38 yards to raise the margin to 21.
Wallace finished off the half with 1:08 to go by hitting Nick Bolen from 12 yards out.
“First half was exactly what we needed it to be,” said East coach Vance Hanner. “We needed to pound Trinity and keep our defense rested. Our plan was to run it inside and we did that.”
Ramos broke off a 60 yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Trinity was held to virtually no yards on offense first half, but had a little more success second half. They would score twice, taking back home something to build on.
Salvador Pecina hit a field goal and Campbell picked off a pass for six points to finish the scoring for the Eagles.
East's bye week was perfectly timed this season, as they now have two weeks to prepare for the Hornets.
“It cannot be any better,” said Hanner. “It is good to give them a day off Monday and have a relaxing week. We can get everybody healthy and try to get Salisbury in a couple of weeks.”
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