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Sports Notebook: Eagles headed to state championship

The Northside Eagles punched their ticket to the GHSA Class AAAAA state football championship game with a 30-21 victory over the Allatoona Buccaneers on Friday night at Mercer University’s Anderson Stadium.

Northside led 27-7 after three quarters, but Allatoona made it interesting down the stretch with a pair of scores in the final frame.

Tailback Willie Jordan carried the ball 40 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Along the way he broke the program record for yards in a season and touchdowns in a season.

Kicker Justin Alonso was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts.

The Eagles will play in the Georgia Dome at 8 p.m. Friday against Mays High School. Mays advanced by beating Stockbridge 30-15.

The title game appearance is Northside’s first since 2009.


The Houston County Board of Education will open a new football stadium for the 2016 season.

The stadium will be off of Cohen Walker Drive where the current Houston County High School farm resides. The farm will be relocated.

Veterans and Houston County will call the new facility home, while Warner Robins and Northside will continue to play their games at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

Northside was forced to move two home games this postseason due to unsafe playing conditions at McConnell-Talbert. With Houston County moving its games to the new facility, the hope of the school board is that the turf at McConnell-Talbert will improve with fewer games being played.


Former Northside Eagle and current Oregon State Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson has received an invitation to the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl scheduled for Jan. 24 in Mobile, Alabama.

The event is designed as a showcase for NFL scouts, and the two teams are coached by NFL coaches during the week.

Nelson was named an All-Middle Georgia performer as a senior with seven interceptions and seven punt returns for touchdowns.

He signed with the College of the Sequoias out of high school and spent two years there before transferring to Oregon State.

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