It took Northside 14 quarters to finally end its scoreless streak.
It took Valdosta one play to wipe out the memory of it.
The Wildcats won 48-7. They only led 7-0 after one, but put up 21 points in the second quarter to get up 28-0 before Mason Ford finally broke the plain of the endzone on a 40-yard run.
The one play followed, a 65-yard touchdown pass from Tate Rodemaker to Kaleb Robinson. Rodemaker went on to finish 16-of-21 for 344 yards and five touchdowns. His first was to Javonte Sherman. It was for 21 yards and gave the visitor, Friday night in McConnell-Talbert Stadium, the aforementioned lead (with Delroy Marris’ point after).
Rodemaker hit Sherman again on Valdosta’s next drive for a 55-yard touchdown.
After Ford’s and Robinson’s score, he found Terrell Roberts for a 57-yard score. (Valdosta added 13 points in the third and seven in the fourth.)
And, he was not a one-man show. Willie Trapp completed touchdown passes following. He – two-for-two – hit Sherman on a four- and 14-yard pass in the third quarter. That was followed by another strike by Rodemaker, 12 yards to Roberts, early in the fourth.
In all, Valdosta put up 524 yards. Northside had 178. The visitor also only had to punt twice – a running clock in the fourth – while the Eagles were forced to punt seven times.
They also fell to 0-3 in 1-AAAAAA, 3-6 overall. The Wildcats in turn improved to 3-1, 8-2.
(SportsMic photos by Kandace Pasko)