Rams lose big, set sights on district games

Eastside, Belleview meet in first district game


Trinity Catholic’s Johnny Taylor stiff arms Eastside’s Mykell Hicks in the first quarter. Trinity defeated Eastside 44-0.

DOUG ENGLE/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.

Ocala

Eastside head coach Jeff Parker stressed to his team following Friday night's 44-0 loss at Ocala Trinity Catholic to forget about the first three games. The district slate is what really matters in the grand scheme of things.

"Everybody told me when we scheduled these first three games, ‘Why did I do it?,' " Parker said. "We knew it was tough going into it. … I told our team our goal is for districts. … Our goal is in front of us. These games count and they're on our record. But the reality is what you do in the district. We're trying to play the best we can play going into districts."

The Rams (0-3) were shut out for the second straight week after losing to Gainesville the week before.

Eastside was unable to get much of anything going against an opportunistic Trinity defense. Quarterback Malachi Lofland, who started for the injured Landon Rogers, threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.

"We've got to be able to score points to win ball games," Parker said. "We've played three tough games to begin the season. Hopefully, we learned a lot going forward."

Trinity Catholic (3-0) was well-balanced on offense with three touchdowns through the air by senior quarterback Reid Carlton and three on the ground by Carlton, Dominique Brown and Johnny Taylor.

Eastside heads back to Marion County this week to begin 5A-5 play at Belleview.

Ted Beck is an Ocala Star-Banner staff writer.

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