It took what seemed like forever but Warner Robins – the city – eventually got it. This weekend promises to bring even more.
Not for Northside. For it, the drought continues.
The dry spell has now made it to 12 quarters. That in turn has translated into three-straight losses. The latest came on the road to back-to-back state champion Lee County. The Trojans shut out the Eagles 35-0.
They scored 14 in the first quarter, seven in the second, third and fourth. (Maybe even tried to run the score up with a long pass late in the fourth … that was only negated by a flag.)
The Eagles’ best shot at getting some relief – after a fumble ended their first drive of the night and four punts took care of their other possessions – came late in the third quarter. Taking the ball on their own 20, they moved it to Lee County’s 3. There, however, on the 12th play of the drive, they came up short on a fourth-and-goal.
The Trojans scored on their first possession of the game, an 11-play, 65-yard drive, that ended on quarterback Kyle Toole’s 16-yard run. Austin Beaver made the point after to make it 7-0.
Following the aforementioned fumble, Lee County scored again, this time on a 48-yard run by Caleb McDowell.
Emory Lowe, with Beaver’s PAT, made it 21-0 with a six-yard catch that capped of a short 31-yard drive.
After forcing Northside to one of the aforementioned punts to start the third quarter, Lee County then put together a 12-play, 78-yard drive that was finished off by a touchdown catch by Chauncey Magwood.
Finally, it was Preston Simmons scoring from 19 yards out. That was the finale to a drive that went 98 yards.
Despite falling to 0-2 in Region 1-AAAAAA, 3-5 overall, all hope is still not lost for the Eagles. Not if last year’s team is any indicator. It finished the regular season 5-5, but then went on to win four straight in the playoffs to get another crack at those same Trojans (who by the way improved to 1-0, 6-1) in the championship game.
At this point, they just need a little rain.