The Eastside High School Rams are hosting the Gadsden County Jaguars in a Thursday night match-up.
A win tonight for the 3-4 Rams would bring the Rams back to .500 for the first time since September. After a 0-3 start, Eastside has won three of its last four games with its lone loss in these last few games coming against district-leading Belleview last Friday.
“Last week we struggled a bit moving the ball, but we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year,” Eastside head coach Ceddrick Daniels said.
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Despite not playing in the win over North Marion in September, Eastside’s Anthony Richardson still put up numbers for the Rams. In the two wins he started in, he averaged 323 total yards and three touchdowns.
Daniels said his team needs to continue to play hard and eliminate mistakes in order to win Thursday night.
Gadsden County comes into this game with a record of 3-5 but is 1-0 in their region. Last week they took one on the chin against Chiles High School, losing 56-14. The Rams will look to contain the Jags’ stud running back Kishion Grandberry. The senior tailback has over 1,100 yards and seven scores on the ground this year. He’s also averaging close to 140 yards per game.
Daniels said the biggest thing about stopping a special player like Grandberry is getting to him early before he can get going. He said Grandberry makes a lot of big plays after contact and rallying to the ball on defense will be important.
“They’re loaded as far as talent (goes) they just haven’t been on the winning side of the brackets,” Daniels said.
Even though this is a non-district game for the Rams, a win by North Marion over Belleview Friday night would create a three-way tie for first in the district.
“It’s crazy how it boils down,” he said. There’s no more Monday night shootouts so we’re praying North Marion wins. If they win, then it comes down to whoever has the most points at the end of the year will be the district champion.”