The victory, the fifth in eight contests for the Thunderbirds, was the second in as many years over the Crimson Knights, who are in their second season of playing varsity football.
Eastern Greene defeated SHS 71-12 a year ago as they rolled up almost 600 yards of total offense.
With temperatures hovering near 40 degrees and a steady rain that never subsided, the Thunderbirds had 226 yards of offense, all on the ground.
"They were fired up and ready to play," EGHS coach Luke Dean said of just being ahead 12-6 at the half and after three quarters. "Southside came to play. It is not easy to play in these kind of conditions. It was really cold and wet.
"Conditions like this level the playing field a little bit. You just could not pass. The kids kept battling and we made some adjustments at the half that helped us in the second half. We were able to make enough big plays to get the win and get out of those conditions."
The Crimson Knights, who are 0-3 against the varsity teams on their schedule so far, tried passing twice but both times Logan Frye had other ideas.
Frye intercepted tosses by Logan Netherly. The first one he returned 20 yards and set up an 8-yard scoring run by Jarred Groomer, putting the Thunderbirds ahead 12-6 at intermission.
In the fourth quarter, Netherly tried a pass on fourth-and-eight and was picked off by Frye, who weaved his way through SHS players for a 33-yard touchdown, making the score 26-6 with eight minutes and 37 seconds remaining.
"Both of those interceptions were huge," said Dean. "Those are the kind of plays you would expect a senior to make."
Groomer, who had 217 yards and five TDs against the Knights last year, finished with 19 carries for 200 yards and two TDs. He added a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Briar Martindale had a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He added a two-point conversion on Groomer's second score.
Stephen Gray recovered a blocked punt in the end zone midway in the fourth quarter. Groomer ended the scoring with a two-point conversion run.
The Crimson Knights, who rushed for 78 yards on 41 carries, got a 38-yard TD run by Marc Poytner, who went untouched through the EGHS defense to tie the game at 6-all with 4:30 left in the first half.
The Thunderbirds will conclude the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tecumseh. The field is at Lynnville Elementary School.
THUNDERBIRDS 34, CRIMSON KNIGHTS 16
Southside Home School 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Eastern Greene 6 6 0 22 -- 34
EG -- Briar Martindale 25 run (run failed), 2:46.
S -- Marc Poynter 38 run (run failed), 4:30.
EG -- Jarred Groomer 8 run (run failed), :51.0
EG -- Groomer 5 run (Martindale run), 11:10.
EG -- Logan Frye 33 interception return (run failed), 8:37.
EG -- Stephen Gray recovered block punt in end zone (Groomer run), 6:06.
|Time of possession||28:15||19:45|
RUSHING -- Southside Home School, Marc Poynter 14-73, Clayton Brown 9-15, Mark Whitten 2-6, Jacob Weston 3-3, Levi Blackwell 9-2, Logan Netherly 4-(minus 21). Eastern Greene, Jarred Groomer 19-200, Briar Martindale 11-26.
PASSING -- Southside Home School, Netherly 0-2-2-0. Eastern Greene, Martindale 0-3-0-0.
RECEIVING -- None.