Best rivalry in the state
There are other contenders -- Lowndes-Valdosta, Charlton County-Clinch County, Brookwood-Parkview -- but few rivalries can claim a similar level of excellence from both programs for nearly 40 years. The highlights include numerous examples of one team knocking the other out of the playoff race, games deciding region championships, last-second finishes, upsets and legendary performances. The teams have played 55 times (Warner Robins leads 33-22), and 22 of those games have been decided by 10 points or less. The schools have combined to win six state championships since 1975.
If you make the trip to the renovated McConnell-Talbert Stadium, youll see some of the best football players in Middle Georgia. Northside running backs Glenn Smith and Willie Jordan are both closing in on 1,000 yards rushing on the season -- two Northside players havent accomplished that in the same season since 2001. Warner Robins has a group of talented running backs led by Danny Hite Jr. The starting quarterbacks -- Marcus Ivory for Northside and Caden Johnston for Warner Robins -- have grown up around the rivalry. Both teams offensive lines are loaded with potential college prospects.
This rivalry is special even when both teams arent playing great, but the Eagles are 8-0 and the Demons are 7-1. Northside can win the GHSA Region 2-AAAAA championship with a victory, and Warner Robins can win the region title with wins in its final two games of the season.
The ultimate edge
In a game that has often come down to the final seconds, a team with a solid place-kicker could have the advantage. But these teams have two of the best kickers in Middle Georgia. Warner Robins senior Matt Monday might be the best public school kicker in the area, while Northsides punter Isaac Rivera is one of the best punters in the state.
Representing your school
The head coaches for both teams know this rivalry game well. Both Kevin Kinsler (Northside) and Bryan Way (Warner Robins) played in the game as high school students, and theyve been on the sidelines as coaches for more than a combined 40 editions of this game. Warner Robins has four other alums and one Northside alum Nick Brooks on its coaching staff. The Eagles have seven Northside graduates on their coaching staff. Way, Kinsler, Warner Robins offensive coordinator Bob Davis and Northside offensive line coach Mark Stewart all graduated between 1978 and 1980 and played against each other in high school.