Just two area teams remain alive in the GHSA state football playoffs after opening round action during the weekend. Northside and Houston County posted convincing wins to advance, while Peach County was upset and both Warner Robins and Veterans fell on the road.
The Eagles had everything clicking in a 48-0 shutout of Northside-Columbus. Tailback Willie Jordan ran for 132 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries, and the Northside defense held the visitors from west Georgia to fewer than 100 total yards.
Houston County was impressive in its own right. The Bears led 48-15 in the fourth quarter and settled for a 55-34 blowout of the LaGrange Grangers. Quarterback Jake Fromm continued his assault on the record books as he passed for 359 yards and a pair of scores. Running back Kenny Gant added four touchdowns on 22 carries.
Unbeaten Peach County was upset 14-7 by Appling County. The Trojans scored on their opening possession, but became their own worst enemy the rest of the way, committing seven turnovers. It was a frustrating night for a team considered to be one of the favorites in Class AAA.
Warner Robins narrowly missed pulling off a huge upset of their own as Harris County blocked a 44-yard Connor Shaw field goal attempt with just seconds remaining to eliminate the Demons 33-31. Quarterback Ivan Corbin put Warner Robins in position to win the game with a wonderfully executed two-minute offense after the Demons took over on their own 36-yard line with just 1:24 remaining in the game. Head coach Bryan Way’s team ends its season at 6-5.
Veterans’ upset bid in Cairo came up short 24-7. The Warhawks needed an almost flawless performance to have a chance on the road, but it wasn’t to be. Three turnovers and two botched field goal attempts proved to be the difference as Veterans once again struggled to turn yardage into points. Its season comes to a close at 3-8 after a 3-1 run down the stretch of the regular season to become postseason eligible.
Northside will host Dalton at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. The Catamounts (9-2) advanced by beating Salem 23-6.
Houston County also will enjoy another home game after Sequoyah (6-5) upset unbeaten Lanier 24-21. Kickoff between the Bears and Chiefs is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.