Northside came as close as it could come in pulling off a proverbial miracle.
For starters, the Eagles – eventually falling 46-44 – rallied from a 21-0 deficit. Jaden Daniels got it started. His 58-yard run helped set up a 10-yard touchdown run, also by him, a few plays later. After blocking an attempt at a “quick kick” on the Valdosta 16, he again scored and again from 10 yards out. Cory Munson’s foot made it 21-14.
Northside forced Valdosta to punt after that, then scored again. That came via an 80-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Daniel Neal. Munson tied it with the PAT.
That’s where it stood at the half.
Valdosta again looked like the team that jumped out to such a big lead in the third. First it went up 24-21 with a 33-yard field goal by A.J. Aikens. Then it scored on passes from Tate Rodemaker to Jaheim Bell and Tarrell Roberts. The first was for 21, the second 80. The first point after was no good. The second was. That made it 37-21 with just seconds left in the third.
Northside added a 47-yard field goal from Munson but Valdosta scored again. That made it 43-24 with about 10 minutes left to play.
See: as close as it could come, as the Eagles came roaring back.
First they went 80 yards in four plays and scored on Daniels’ one-yard run. They went for two but were unsuccessful.
Following that, they recovered an onside kick. That was on the opponent’s 38. A 35-yard pass play went to Kentuntae Stewart and a three-yard pass play went to Justin Luke in the endzone. Munson made the point after to make it 43-37.
Valdosta recovered a fumble on Northside’s next possession, but the Eagles held and forced a punt.
That led to Dontravious Odom’s 74-yard touchdown catch and with Munson’s point after, a 44-43 lead.
Valdosta then moved it from the Wildcats’ 27 to with range of Aiken kicking the game winner from 40 yards out.
Northside still had two ticks over two minutes left, but after moving it to the 48 on a run and pass, threw four passes incomplete.