Newnan – It seemed that everyone at Northgate’s Henry Seldon Field spent the evening waiting for one of the Berry brothers to do something spectacular.
When the fourth quarter rolled around, Evan Berry didn’t disappoint.
The Creekside quarterback scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, capping scoring drives of 98 and 89 yards, to give the Seminoles (5-2, 2-0 Region 4-AAAAA Division B) a 20-16 win.
Afterward, he wanted to talk about physics.
“We had to make it become kinetic,” said Berry, who finished with 113 rushing yards and 127 yards passing. “Potential energy is stored energy. Kinetic energy is energy put to use.”
Here’s how he put it to use: Berry compiled 78 of his rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 47 and 21 yards, and 84 passing yards in the fourth quarter, which started with Northgate leading 16-7.
All that allowed Creekside to overcome five turnovers and a sputtering performance over the first three quarters.
“Somewhere along the line you’re going to have a game like this,” said Creekside coach Aaron Whittington. “It comes down to how you respond to adversity. I’m just proud of them. The guys stepped up and got the job done.”
Northgate (2-5, 0-2) got touchdowns from Josh Harrison and Michael Willis in building a 16-7 halftime lead and held Creekside to 87 total yards over the first three quarters.
“We felt pretty good at halftime,” said Northgate coach Tommy Walburn. “We felt like if we got one more score, we would have put the game away. It happened to us last week, and it happened to us this week.”
Creekside improved to 5-0 all-time against the Vikings.
Creekside marched to the game’s first score, a 9-yard pass from Berry to Darvin Williams late in the first quarter, capping an 11-play, 70-yard drive.
Northgate capitalized on three Seminole turnovers to take the lead.
Torres Johnson picked off a pass from Berry at the Seminole 30-yard line and returned it to the 4.
Two plays later Josh Harrison went around the right side for a 5-yard touchdown run. Zack Braun’s kick was wide right.
Braun redeemed himself on the next series with a 23-yard field goal that came after Northgate recovered a Creekside fumble and drove from the Seminole 30 to the 6.
Northgate turned another Seminole fumble on the next series into a 6-yard run by Michael Willis to go up 16-7, a lead the Vikings held until Berry took over in the second half.