Northside put a pair of touchdowns on the board in the first and second quarter, added one in the third and then enjoyed a running clock in the fourth enroute to a 35-3 win over Lakeside in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAAAA state tournament Saturday in McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
In all, the Eagles amassed 344 total yards to the Panthers’ 170. Two hundred and five came in the air – split between Cameran Brown (9-10, 136 yards) and Damien Dee (1-1 for three yards). Brown also rushed for 57 yards on 10 carries. T.D. Tucker had 41 on six carries, Dee 29 on four carries, Centavious Lowe 24 on two, E.J. Riley 22 on three, Jaylen Allen 20 on two and Tyler Smith 12 on two.
Lakeside completed only one of four passes. It was via Cole Movius – his only attempt – and for 29 yards.
The Panthers did try a little trickery to start the game. They attempted and recovered an onside kick. That worked for a couple of first downs, but ended when Calen Reaves recovered their fumble. That turned into a five-play, 68-yard drive, ended by Lowe’s 22-yard touchdown run. Ashton Paredes, as he did throughout, made the point after. That came with 6:20 on the clock.
The Eagles forced Lakeside to punt … and punt … and punt … and punt. They scored after each one. Brown, with the PAT, made it 14-0 with a three-yard run, the ended to a six-play, 58-yard drive. Riley – and PAT – made it 21-0. He scored from the 2. That was the finish to a 12-play, 63-yard drive.
Tucker made it 28-0 on a 21-yard run – the finish to a 12-play, 54-yard drive. That came with 2:26 left in the second.
Finally, after forcing the Panthers to punt again to start the third, Brown scored again, this time from the 4. That capped off a four-play, 60-yard drive.
Both punted following. Lakeside, with a number of Northside subs in the game, finally put together a long driven – about eight minutes, and it starting just before the third ended. The Eagles’ defense finally dug in enough to halt its progress. It settled for a 40-yard field goal by Will Hattaway.
Northside punted on its next possession. The clock ran out on the Panthers’. They finished their year 4-6 while the Eagles improved to 8-3, and with the hope Douglas County could upset Riverwood so they could host next week versus having to go on the road.