WARNER ROBINS -- Converted quarterback Glenn Smith rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns to lead top-ranked Northside to a 54-26 win over Lakeside-Evans in GHSA Region 2-AAAAA play Saturday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
“He can do a lot of things for us, line up at different positions,” Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can make plays, and the offensive line’s contributions get lost sometimes.”
Smith became the first Northside player to rush for more than 200 yards in a game in six years. It was the highest single-game total since Tijuan Green rushed for 240 yards against Marist in the 2006 state championship game.
Willie Jordan added 119 yards on the ground, marking the third time in four games that both Northside rushers have eclipsed 100 rushing yards in the same game.
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The ground attack kept the Northside offense on the field for much of the first three quarters.
The Eagles (4-0, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAA) rolled up and down the field on their first four drives, which all ended in touchdowns. Lakeside’s lone stop in the first half came on an interception with 39 seconds to play in the second quarter.
Four different Northside players -- Smith, Jordan, Marcus Ivory and T.J. Anderson -- scored the four rushing touchdowns in the first half as the Eagles built up a 27-7 halftime lead.
The Eagles opened the second half with a long touchdown drive that ended in Jordan’s second touchdown run. But Lakeside matched the Eagles’ score for score the rest of the way.
Hunter Banks tossed two touchdowns sandwiched around a 63-yard touchdown run by Smith. Nick Patterson threw another touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Northside punctuated the win with a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Tyree Williams as time expired.
Lakeside (2-2) never really threatened the Eagles, but the Panthers did move the ball through the air on several possession. They passed for 303 yards, becoming the second straight team to pass for more than 300 yards against Northside. Banks accounted for 243 of those yards, and B.J. Raymond caught eight passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
“I still think we have a lot of room to grow,” Kinsler said.