The Trojans played a hard as they could, but the Wildcats improved to a perfect 14-0 with a decisive 40-6 win. The Wildcats will now play Charleston in the 3A North Half Title game. East Side finished its season at 10-4.
The Trojans did the best they could to keep up with the Wildcats in the first half. Trailing 14-0, Jalen Thomas threw a slant pass to Leon Green, who ran the ball and picked up the 88-yard touchdown reception to cut Louisville’s lead down to 14-6. Louisville scored another touchdown to make it 21-6, but East Side had one more chance to score before the half as the team got down to Louisville seven-yard line. On fourth-and-three, East Side couldn’t convert and Louisville ended up leading 21-6 at halftime.
In the second half, the Wildcats were able to put the game out of reach by scoring two touchdown in the third quarter and one in the fourth.
East Side turned the ball over six times, while the offense, which ran for an average of 326.5 yards a game heading into the contest, was held to just 70 rushing yards on 29 carries.
“We did a good job defensively,” East Side head coach Kendrick Woodard said. “Offensively, Louisville was okay but they’re defensive line was unheard of. Those linebackers were good.”
Thomas completed 3-of-7 passes for 94 yards with a touchdown, and Green caught one pass for 88 yards to round out the passing attack.
Quadre Butler was East Side’s leading rusher as he ran for 30 yards on 10 carries.
Taquille Eatmon led the Trojans’ defense with 12 tackles, followed by Barron Burns with eight tackles and two sacks and Paddarrious Bronner with an interception.
This year was an overall success for East Side as it was the fourth consecutive 10-win season for the Trojans.
Woodard said he was proud of the overall effort of his team.
“Those guys came out and played to the end,” Woodard said. “I hate it for those seniors, but they had a good season. Those senior guys left it out on the football field. We’re going to miss those senior guys. We’ve got to get back to work and try to get better.”