Memories of the Warner Robins-Northside rivalry

November 1, 2012 

George Collins, Warner Robins

The current Rutland High School head coach was an all-state player at Warner Robins in the 1970s. His fondest memories come from Warner Robins’ 17-14 win in 1973.

“Winning is a big thing, but it’s even bigger when you come from behind. I don’t think about it all the time, but I always think about it this time of the year when the game comes around. About 25 of us get together every summer and we talk about it then, too.”

Abry Jones, Northside

The former Northside all-state player and current University of Georgia defensive lineman said on Twitter his fondest memory was clear cut.

“Going undefeated against them.”

Chansi Stuckey, Northside

A former state player of the year at Northside, Stuckey went on to play at Clemson and then six seasons in the NFL. He said on Twitter he had two great memories:

He hurdled a Warner Robins defender during one of the match-ups. And in 2001, he scored a touchdown on the first play of the game, and Warner Robins running back Willie Reid scored on the very next play.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, Warner Robins

Perdue was the starting quarterback in the first ever Northside-Warner Robins game in 1964. He passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns in that game. No Warner Robins player has passed for more yards in the game, and no player for either team has thrown for three touchdowns since. Perdue said he remembered fog covered the field that night. He found a running back up the middle of the field for his final touchdown pass.

“I throw the pass, and it went above the fog. I couldn’t see the ball and just waited, and then it dropped out of the fog for the touchdown.”

Conrad Nix, Northside

Nix led Northside into battle with Warner Robins 24 times, winning 12. As someone who played a part in so many of these games, Nix’s biggest memory was the 1975 contest.

“Both teams were having a great year. The rivalry was still young, and that was one of their best teams, maybe their best team. We won (20-18), and I remember kind of like a tsunami of fans jumping over the fence and running onto the field. People were celebrating all night long.”

Dan Jaskula, radio broadcaster

Jaskula said he became the play-by-play man for WRBN-FM radio in 1973 and described his favorite moment in an e-mail.

“I had been told about the huge crowd that would probably be at the International City Stadium, and about 20,000 showed up! The game started with a quick NS TD. But WR came back and the game was tied at 14 all with little time remaining. The Demons drove to the Eagles 15 yard line where Alvin “The Toe” Hutchinson kicked the game winning field goal as time expired. My first WR/NS game was a cardiac caper!”

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