Kentrez Anthony’s interception deep in the heart of the redzone with less than 30 seconds to play saved Northside’s season while putting an end to Brunswick’s.
The Pirates had driven from their own 23 with just over a minute to play. They did so with a few timely passes – one of 43. The fourth of those got it to the 10 and a pass interference set it up on the 6 with a first-and-goal. Anthony’s heroics took play on the next play to preserve the 24-21 win.
The Eagles will travel to Tucker for the second round.
Northside took advantage of a fumble for its first score. The Eagles recovered it on the 33. Two runs later saw Marcus Jolly run it in from the 7. Cory Munson made it 7-0 with the point after.
Twice in the first quarter Brunswick drove into the redzone and came up empty. They first time, they had the ball on the 1, but a drop for loss put it back on the 4 where they eventually went for it and came up short.
The second time, the Pirates made it to the 16 where they lined up to attempt a field goal. The snap was high, however, resulting in a pass that fell dead.
They did tie it, though, early in the second. Quarterback Jamarius Stevens hit Maliek Alston with a long pass to get it to the 10 and then found Alonzo Brown for the touchdown. Dalton Thrift made the point after.
Eric Smith answered that on the ensuing kickoff, taking it 80 yards for the score.
The Pirates in kind responded with an eight-play, 80-yard drive to tie it again. Shaq Robinson was the scorer, from six yards out.
The Eagles went three-and-out to start the third, but Brunswick – at midfield – came up short on a fourth-and-two.
That led to Munson’s 38-yard field goal to make it 17-14.
Both punted to give way to the third quarter before Brunswick put together a nine-play, 65-yard drive for the lead, that was capped off by a Stevens run from the 4.
The Eagles answered it with an eight-play, 85-yard drive. Smith had several key runs to keep it alive, whereas Jolly caught the defense off guard with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Kobie Phillips.
That came with just over two minutes left to play and set up the already mentioned drive to keep one season alive, and end another.