Mail Coming In For SC QB

On the Eastside of Greenville, the Eagles are soaring toward the 2003 season with a group of players that have dreams of big games, region titles and a run towards Columbia. Leading the Eagles will be senior captain QB, Chris Stone.

Chris Stone, a 6'1" 195 pound signal caller is ready to take the reins of the Eastside attack and after earning his third varsity letter last season, he is ready to win games and bring excitement to the Eagle Campus. "We want to bring excitement to Eastside and make this team better each and every day." states Stone.

On offense this season the Eagles, under legendary coach John Carlisle, are looking to mix it up a bit on offense. "We are going to run a little of everything this season to throw defenses off. You will see us run the option, we will spread it out and move the ball down the field and throw in a little play action to keep the defenses guessing."

Chris tells us that his favorite offense to run is the option where he has the ability as QB to read defenses and make the decisions. But like all good quarterbacks, you can tell Chris is a little more than excited when he thinks of lining up in the gun and slinging the ball down the field to a trio of receivers.

Stone's strength as a quarterback and as a player is his quick decision making as well as his leadership. Chris leads by example on the field and off. A solid 3.58 GPA makes Chris a complete student - athlete and is just another example of Coach Carlisle leadership with the Eagle program. "I like playing for Coach Carlisle." Chris quickly volunteers, "He is old school and hard nose. We don't have disciple problems on the team. Coach has a way of handling problems and they disappear. He really has our best interest first on the field and in the classroom."

2003 season will be special for Eastside. A huge match up against defending region champion Greenville is already circled on calendars in the upstate and games against traditional rivals Wade Hampton and JL Mann are always great games for atmosphere and fan support.

This spring Chris is enjoying time with the Eagle baseball team and leads the team with a 3-1 record as a starting pitcher and also spends time patrolling center field. He is a .300 hitter and 3 year starter for the baseball team. He also has been involved with a pretty strenuous workout routine that has seen his Bench Press rise to 255 and his forty speed drop to a 4.7. Off the field, Chris is involved in many school civic organizations and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society.

Chris has been in contact with the top schools around the South and nation concerning his college choices. He has been in contact with Maryland, NC State, Duke, Colorado, South Carolina and Stanford. He attended Junior Days as an invited guest at South Carolina, Wake Forest and North Carolina. He currently does not list a favorite but was very impressed with the South Carolina campus, facilites and Coach Holtz.

We wish Chris and the entire Eastside team, the best of luck this season and have October 10th Sirrine Stadium circled on our calendar for the Eagles and Raiders.

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