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Northside holds off late Peach County rally

Northside earned its first win of the Chad Alligood era Friday at Peach County.

The Eagles won 14-7. It was not without … well, just about anything you can think of. There were at least 30 penalties – seemingly one on every play. There were some fumbles, interceptions – typical rainy-weather stuff.

There was also a hold-your-breath finish.

Northside got out to a 14-0 lead. After a scoreless first quarter, C.J. Radford’s interception helped set up the first of those. It came via a Jaylen Cephus four-yard run – the Eagles only needing 22 yards to get in. Adam Lemond made the point after.

The score stood at the half.

Oliver Prater recovered another Trojan fumble to help set up the second score. It came on a pass from Elijah Robinson to Brayden Smith with 1:33 left in the third.

Peach County answered that with an eight-play drive to cut the lead in half. It then forced Northside to punt, moved the ball but came up short on a fourth-and-10 near midfield. It wasn’t done. It held the Eagles again.

That set up one final attempt. The Trojans picked up a first on the 48. Then it had a run that appeared would go all the way to the endzone. Instead it was brought back for a hold. After some tense moments, Northside’s defense held to secure the win.

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