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Northside breaks the Tucker curse; moves on to the next round

In 2016, Tucker knocked Northside out in the state semifinals. Last year it was in the first round. Needless to say, the Tigers have been a huge stumbling block for the Eagles.

But not anymore.

The Eagles took care of that Friday with a 43-21 win. They advance to the next round of the GHSA Class AAAAAA playoffs where they’ll get to host thanks to Bradwell Institute’s 28-21 upset of No. 1 seed Grovetown.

Northside scored its first touchdown on Jadin Daniels’ nine-yard run. Cory Munson’s point after made it 7-0.

After two punts by the Tigers and one by the Eagles, Tucker tied it on a “pick six” of 60 yards by Bruce Mattox.

Last year Northside scored first as well. Then the Tigers tied it and pulled away – 28-7. This time it was the Eagles somewhat returning the favor. Eric Smith’s 35-yard run as the second got under way made it 14-7. Following a punt by both, Northside recorded a safety to make it 16-7. It then scored on the ensuing kickoff via Smith’s 25-yard run.

Munson missed a field goal shortly after that. Tucker then scored again on a 35-yard pass from Travon Ford to Torezz Alexander. That made it 23-14, which is where it stood at the half.

Both punted to start the third before a fumble gave the Tigers good field position. Ford finally took advantage when he hit David Davis with a 22-yard pass. The point after made it 23-21.

Again both punted before Smith scored his third touchdown, this time on a run of 65 yards. The point after was no good making it 29-21.

Both traded fumbles before Northside scored twice more. Jadin Daniels accounted for one on a 78-yard run and Daniel Neal the other from four yards out.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 6-5, while the Tigers ended their year 7-4.

McDonald’s Offensive Player of the Game: Eric Smith

Your Pie Defensive Player of the Game: Jaiden Rumph

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