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Westfield takes state title, Northside advances

The Westfield Hornets were crowned GISA Class AAA state champion for the second consecutive year after a resounding 52-7 victory over Pinewood on Saturday night at Mercer University’s Anderson Field.

Westfield led 31-0 at halftime and outscored Pinewood 21-0 in the third quarter to blow the game open before inserting reserves to close out the contest.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes in the first half and finished the game with 169 yards through the air. He also rushed for 70 yards.

The Hornets are now 2-4 all-time in GISA title games under head coach Ronnie Jones and have won six straight contests against Pinewood.

In GHSA playoff action, the Northside Eagles are headed back to the Class AAAAA semifinals after a dominant 31-7 win over Glynn Academy on Friday night. The game was played at Peach County due to poor field conditions at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

Northside proved to be just too big and physical across both lines of scrimmage for the visitors from Coastal Georgia. The Eagles rushed for 436 yards, including 192 from tailback Willie Jordan and 120 from quarterback Tobias Oliver.

Oliver also was 6-of-10 passing for 94 yards.

Glynn Academy’s only score of the night came on a 92-yard kickoff return in the second quarter as the Eagle defense pitched a shutout.

Northside will face an Allatoona team on Friday night that advanced by beating Gainesville 24-17. The Buccaneers are a perfect 13-0 this season.

The Eagles won the coin toss to earn the honor of being the home team, but they will once again be playing away from McConnell-Talbert due to the field conditions. Northside will host the game at Mercer instead.

Houston County saw its best season in many years come to a close on Friday as the team fell 42-22 on the road to the Stockbridge Tigers.

It was all Bears early on. Quarterback Jake Fromm rushed for a touchdown and threw for another in the first quarter to help give Houston County a 20-0 lead, but it was all Stockbridge after that.

The Tigers scored 35 unanswered points before the Bears earned a safety in the fourth quarter.

Fromm finished the contest 28-of-46 passing for 327 yards.

Houston County’s season ends at 10-3.

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