OOLTEWAH —The East Hamilton Hurricanes blew past Page and into the third round of the Class 4A playoffs on Friday with a decisive 35-14 victory over the visiting Patriots.
It was unclear how the Hurricanes would respond following the loss of senior running back Logan Jackson, who tore the ACL in his left knee during last week’s first-round game.
But East Hamilton (11-1), which outgained Page 517-219, showed it has more than just one player capable of making plays.
Both senior Lamond Greer and sophomore Matt Milita stepped up to fill the void.
“They did a heck of a job,” Hurricanes head coach Ted Gatewood said. “I was proud of those guys. They played hard, they were running the ball well and were getting after them. We’ve just got to keep getting better at what we do, and that’s run the football.”
The duo combined for more than 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns
“It’s not anything new to us, we’ve been in the backfield before,” Greer said. “We just came out there and played our hearts out. We got a good line in front of us so that’s always a plus. We have a real great defense so that keeps our heads up too. I just feel like I gave it my all, and next game I’m going to do better.”
East Hamilton’s offensive dominance wasn’t limited to the ground either.
Quarterback Hunter Moore finished 17 of 26 passing for 193 yards and two total touchdowns.
“The receivers ran great routes,” Moore said. “The offensive line was working good tonight — just easy throws.”
Moore fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Cody Knox in the first quarter, and the junior also had a third-quarter rushing touchdown.
The Hurricanes barely missed a beat without Jackson. They did, however, struggle with ball security. East Hamilton fumbled five times, one of which was picked up and returned 91 yards for the Patriots’ second and final touchdown of the night.
The Hurricanes will travel to Giles County next week for a quarterfinal matchup with the No. 1 Bobcats, who crushed Notre Dame 47-7 on Friday.