FORT VALLEY -- The Northside Eagles imposed their will along both lines of scrimmage and dominated Glynn Academy in a 31-7 GHSA Class AAAAA playoff victory Friday night to advance to the semifinals.
“I thank God and give him all the praise for the victory,” Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler said. “I’m just thankful to be at Northside.”
Northside took a 7-0 lead on its second possession of the first quarter, thanks to two big plays by T.J. Anderson. Anderson hauled in a 42-yard pass from Tobias Oliver to give the Eagles a first down on the Terrors’ 13-yard line, and he scored on the next play as Oliver rolled right and pitched it outside to give Anderson the corner.
The Eagles made it 14-0 on their next drive as they put together a 12-play drive and plunged tailback Willie Jordan over the left side and into the end zone from 1 yard out.
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Northside appeared to be in full control, but Glynn Academy’s Deejay Dallas took the ensuing kickoff and weaved his way 92 yards for a touchdown.
A Northside field goal to end the half extended the Eagles’ lead to 10, and an Anderson 5-yard scoring run to open the third quarter gave them some breathing room.
The Eagles’ defense pitched a shutout after the break and forced two interceptions in the fourth quarter as the Terrors’ tried to mount a comeback.
“I thought that (the defense) flew around, and it was a great effort by them,” Kinsler said. “We put them in a couple of bad situations and they came out and shut them down. Over and over again, I’m just proud of those guys and how they rose up.”
Northside did have its share of mistakes. The Eagles turned the ball over three times inside the Glynn Academy 10-yard line and had two touchdowns called back due to penalties.
Jordan racked up 161 yards on 17 carries in the second half as Oliver attempted just a single pass.
“This is a special bunch of kids,” Kinsler said. “They really love each other. It’s been probably one of the bunches I’ve got to coach in a long time.”
The Eagles will face Allatoona next week with the home team to be determined by coin toss.