By Chris Hamby
Homecoming games are very simple for most schools. You usually schedule a game that you know you can win. That was the case Friday night as East Jackson handled Oglethorpe County 33-0 to gets its first win of the season. The Eagles offense had struggled the first two weeks of the season but after a week off found itself in the most unsuspecting way: the passing game.
Freshman quarterback Greg Huggs connected on touchdown passes of 71 and 53 yards and the Eagles added touchdown runs of 2, 8 and 26 yards.
It took the Eagles 46 seconds to score as Huggs connected with Kobe Haley on a 71-yard touchdown pass with the PAT for a 7-0 lead. After a three-and-out forced Oglethorpe County to punt, a bad snap gave East Jackson the ball at the 12-yard line. Four plays later, Caleb Adair scored from two yards out to give the Eagles a 13-0 lead (the PAT was no good).
On East Jackson’s third possession, the Eagles drove 68 yards on eight plays highlighted by a 24-yard pass completion to Luke Hadden to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, Huggs ran it in from eight yards out. A converted PAT gave East Jackson a 20-0 lead in the first quarter
On East Jackson’s fourth series of the night, Huggs connected with Marcus Wingfield on a 53-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead, with the PAT, to 27 - 0.
The final touchdown of the night came on a 26-yard touchdown run by Kentay Rakestraw after a bad snap from Oglethorpe County resulted in a 3-yard punt. The first half ended with East Jackson on top 33-0.
The second half didn’t yield much from either offense as the teams played with a running clock. Coach Scott Wilkins wasn’t happy with the second half.
“We played the second half like we were up 33-0,” Wilkins said.
Photos courtesy of the EJCHS yearbook staff