For the first time, the Eagles hosted new county rival the Veterans War Hawks at the MAC in the home opener for Northside. A nice Thursday night crowd turned out to welcome the Eagles home after beginning the season on the road. The Eagles started slowly in the first quarter before righting themselves for a methodical, convincing victory over the War Hawks by a score of 49-0.
After a three and out and fumble, the Eagles cracked the scoreboard at the 4:25 mark of the first quarter on their third drive with a 59 touchdown run by senior Keshun Hill. Isaac River’s PAT made the score 7-0. The Eagle defense made the going tough all evening for Veterans as the recovered 3 fumbles and held them to a 1.4 yards/carry rushing average on the night. The Eagles got the ball back and in 2 plays, they (Eagles and Hill) were in the end zone again as junior QB Glenn Smith hooked up with Hill on a beautiful 25 yard scoring strike down the middle of the field. Rivera’s PAT pushed the Northside lead to 14-0. With 6:33 left in the first half, Hill electrified the crowd with a patented, weaving 77 yard punt return for his third touchdown of the night. Hill would have 2 other punt return TDs called back later in the game because of penalties. With 1:43 left before half, Donte Bryant scored on an 11 yard touchdown run. Rivera’s PAT pushed the lead to 28-0. With the aid of 3 pass interference penalties, the War Hawks had a chance at a 40 yard FG as time expired in the first half, but the Eagles’ Rodney Levine block the attempt to end the half and Veterans’ best scoring chance of the night. Levine earlier also partially blocked a War Hawk punt.
With 6:26 left in third quarter, QB Glenn Smith scored on a 25 yard option keeper to push the lead to 35-0. Smith finished the game with 142 rushing yards on only 7 carries. Willie Jordan scored on a 1yd TD rush with 2:06 left in the third; John Tignor added the PAT for a 42-0 lead. With 3:36 left in the game, John Johnson scored on a 20 yard TD run and Tignor’s point after made the final score 49-0
The finish their non-region schedule next Friday night in Macon when the Eagles take on the Westside Seminoles.