The Eagles rolled into Leesburg on Friday night with their perfect 5-0 record for a showdown with the likewise undefeated Lee County Trojans in a key 1-AAAA matchup. Before a packed house, the Eagles showed the upstarts from Leesburg that they still had a little catching up to do.
Lee County entered the game leading the region in virtually all passing and scoring categories but the Eagles defense had a little something for the Trojan high flying aerial attack. On their first drive of the night, senior Joe Sturn picked off a Trojan pass to set the Eagle offense up at midfield. Four plays later, Shaquille O’Neill scored from 5 yards out to give Northside a lead that they would never relinquish. Dillon Mixon’s PAT made the score 7-0 with 9:59 left in the opening quarter of play.
In the second quarter, quarterback Briar Van Brunt was forced to scramble out of the pocket before finding Zedrick Scott in the endzone for a 35 yard touchdown reception. Mixon’s PAT made the score 14-0. Lee County their their explosiveness on their next possession by connecting on a 69 yard touchdown pass, but this score would turn out to be their only trip into the endzone on the night ---- far below their 45+ point per game average. The Eagles answered the Trojan score with a 2 yard touchdown run from O’Neill with 3:58 left in the half. Mixon’s PAT pushed the score to 21-7 at the break.
On Northside’s first drive of the second half, they were forced to start from their own 12 yard line after a penalty, but they wasted no time in covering the length of the field. Four running plays later the Eagles were on their own 40 yard line when Van Brunt threw deep to Cartrell Brooks who hauled in an acrobatic catch and sprinted the rest of the way to the endzone for a 60 yard touchdown pass. Mixon’s PAT mad the score 28-7 with 9:32 left in the third quarter. The Eagles added 2 more fourth quarter scores on one yard touchdown runs by Stephon Cross and Marte Polk respectively. Freshman Isaac Rivera added both PATs for the Eagles for the final score of 42-7.
The Eagle defense held Lee County to minus 21 rushing yards and intercepted 3 Trojan passes. In addition to Joe Sturn’s first quarter pick, Deillouse Jackson and Steven Nelson also had interceptions for Northside.
The Eagles return home next Friday for a huge showdown with the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets in a battle for first place in the region.