Eastside's season ends in disappointment

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:43 p.m.

DADE CITY — Eastside's season came to a disappointing end Friday night, when the Rams fell to the No. 2 Pasco Pirates 52-0 in a regional Class 5A semifinal.

The stout Pirates' defense forced six interceptions and had four sacks, including a fumble recovery. Pasco senior Janarion Grant scored three rushing touchdowns, while throwing for a touchdown pass.

Two of the rushing touchdowns came from four yards out and he scored on a six-yard touchdown. Grant had a 17-yard touchdown pass as well. David Emmanuel had 166 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns from 53 and seven yards.

“We are sad. We wanted to make a run at the state championship,” Eastside coach Jeff Parker said. “Our guys fought hard and Pasco has one heck of a team and tradition. You can't make mistakes against a good football team, and it showed.

“Our young guys now see what it takes to win.”

Pasco (12-0) scored on the opening drive when David Emmanuel dashed for a 53-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead. The Rams' Sir Jackson was then picked off by Brandon Ray, who returned the ball to the Eastside 19-yard line. The Pirates took advantage, and Grant scored on a four-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.

Eastside (6-6) did muster 338 yards of offense, but too many turnovers and not being able to sustain drives hurt the Rams. Jackson was held to 18 yards rushing and 140 yards passing.

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