by Kristen Parker
It was a packed house at the Warner Robins vs Northside game at McConnell Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins GA with an estimated crowd of 15,000. The Northside Eagles take the lead early but miss the extra point, making it 6-0 So with 8:19 left in the first quarter.
After a possession, Warner Robbins couldn’t turn the opportunity into control and turned the ball back to Northside, who quickly turned it into another score and to take a 13-0 lead with 6:07 remaining in the 1st.
The Warner Robins defense got a workout this quarter when the Demons offense turned it over again to Northside. Even with a 10-yard set-back from a holding penalty, the Northside quarterback made some great plays and completed passes to his receivers only to see his team fumble within goal. With 3:41 remaining, the Warner Robins crowd got a much needed pick-me-up as their Deacons recovered the fumble. WR could not capitalize on the turnover, however, and Northside put 3 more points up with a field goal before the quarter ended with an Eagles lead of 16-0.
The Demons came out of the quarter break strong with two long complete passes for first downs, but an interception by Chaz Thomas of the Northside stopped their movement toward the endzone. Northside took over on their own 20 and get a holding flag, taking them to the 10. Warner Robins took away some Northside momentum by scoring a field goal, making it 16-3 with 5:45 left in the 1st half.
A strong Northside offense continued racking up successful running and pass plays another TD before the end of the half to take a 23-3 lead into the locker room.
With the start of the 3rd quarter, WR comes out of the locker room ready to take back some territory. Within 5 minutes, they connect a long, 30-yard pass for a TD, cutting the Northside lead to 23-10. Northside scored another field goal to make it 26-10, then ran the ball 60 yards into the goal line for a 33-10 lead.
Warner Robins drove the ball down to the 2 yard line then scored on 3rd and 1, making the score 32-16 Northside. With 2:23 left in the game, WR scored from the 2 yard line to close the gap to 32-24 with a possibility to score again and tie. That, however, would be the final scoring of the game and Northside would take home a 32-24 victory.