Madison County coach Chris Smith knows Eastside will bring a lot of speed to the gridiron Friday. But Smith and the Red Raiders aim to confront that fleet footedness with muscle.
“One way to beat speed is to run it right at them,” said Smith.
The Raiders will travel to Covington this Friday night to face (2-2) Eastside in a 7:30 start. Eastside is also coming off two straight losses with the most recent coming to Chestataee 33-23 last week.
Meanwhile, Madison County, which won its first two games against Oconee County and Franklin County, has lost its past two games to North Oconee and Lanier.
Smith said he’s watched game film on the Eagles. And he knows they’re fast.
“Eastside is a good team,” said Smith. “They have a lot of team speed. They have a couple of big kids, but they’re not as big as Lanier. They fly around, pin their ears back and come at you. They try to create problems for your blocking scheme. We just have to execute our blocks and carry out our assignments.”
Over the past decade, Madison County leads the series 3-2, with Eastside taking the previous two encounters. The Eagles won 42-14 in Danielsville last year and 24-9 in 2007. Madison County won three in a row between 2004-2006: 24-14, 42-7 and 10-7.