50 in 50: Northside-Warner Robins

Northside-Warner Robins Eagles

2012 record: 13-1, 7-0 Region 2-AAAAA, lost in semifinals to Ware County in overtime

Starters returning: 4 offense; 4 defense

Key players lost: WR Keshun Hill, OL Taylor Lay, DL Austin Roberts, LB Trey Payne.

Key players returning: QB Glenn Smith, OL Ty Allen, OL Tyler Martin, Brandon Sandifer, DL A.J. Banks, LB Thomas Brown.

Spring practice dates: April 29 – May 10.

Schedule: Aug. 30 Flowery Branch; Sept. 6 Veterans; Sept. 12 Westside; Sept. 28 Lakeside-Evans; Oct. 4 Houston County; Oct. 11 at Grovetown; Oct. 17 Jones County; Oct. 25 at Greenbrier; Nov. 1 at Warner Robins; Nov. 8 Evans.

Outlook: The Eagles had 38 seniors on last year’s team and entering spring practice they’ll have 55 rising seniors. Losing seven starters on each side would devastate many programs, but there is talent to have another playoff run.

Northside-Warner Robins under Kevin Kinsler has yet to lose a regular-season game, extending the school’s streak of 10-win seasons to 15.

With that sort of long-term success, there is no tempering expectations. So the fact that Nortside lost one of its largest-ever classes (a group of 38 players) isn’t going to elicit sympathy from much of anyone.

“It’s a blessing and a curse,” Kinsler said. “They don’t understand that you did lose 38 seniors. And it was a lot of football players. Fortunately for us the kids expect to step in and get it done. It’s part of the Northside tradition.”

Behind that group of 38 seniors was another class that now has 55 players in it.

Question marks?

“There’s a lof of them. We’ve got to replace almost our entire defensive line, entire secondary and entire receiving corps. We’ve got a lot of question marks, and we’re going to have a lot of competition,” Kinsler said.

The Eagles return just four starters on both sides of the ball, but that’s not to say the cupboard is bare. There is no hint of panic in Kinsler’s voice as he discusses the team’s prospects in 2013.

“We have some really good assistant coaches that do a good job getting those guys ready to play,” he said. “The big thing is thekids have bought in.”

Among players moving on are Keshun Hill, who compiled more than 1,600 total yards and 22 touchdowns last fall, and Curtis Martin, who rushed for 945 yards and 14 TDs.

But coming back is quarterback Glenn Smith, who passed for more than 1,200 yards and rushed for nearly 900 more. Plus, three starters return on the offensive line, which may prove to the team’s strength.

Kinsler said it’s not a foregone conclusion that Smith will start at quarterback, though he’ll certainly play a big role in the Eagles’ offense. iHe’s a strong enough runner to handle a move to another position. Marcus Ivory, the younger brother of former Northside star Marquez Ivory, could get a look under center.

Equally important, the Eagles had 11 wins by 24 points or more in 2012, allowing a lot of players to see the field. If the Eagles fall, don’t expect them to fall far.

9 comments Add your comment

Win1soon

April 4th, 2013
1:26 pm

They have a propensity to blow talent!

graphite

April 4th, 2013
8:22 pm

Don’t worry,we will have plenty for the Tucker kitties.

yo

April 5th, 2013
7:40 am

Wow am I reading that right? 93 seniors and juniors last year?

Jefferson

April 5th, 2013
7:53 am

Much like the Braves, UGA and Calhoun — has trouble winning it all but wins lots of games.

Tiger4Life

April 5th, 2013
9:47 am

It’s early spring and graphite is already thinking of us Mighty Tucker Tigers, nice to know we are always on your mind :-)

WarEagle

April 5th, 2013
10:53 am

@Jay Stone — 55 rising seniors? Really? Looking at their roster from last year, that seems a bit high: http://www.northsidefootball.com/roster.php. Did you mean 55 returning players who have some game experience?

TJ

April 5th, 2013
11:59 am

Northside is going to be a good team next year but, not as good as last year team. Last year was one of the best teams ever in northside history. They should have won it all last year if it wasnt for the o. cordinator.

FootballTopFanFan(c)

April 7th, 2013
6:37 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to the Northside-Warner Robins Eagles and Head Coach Kevin Kinsler !!!

The Eagles have a great program and appear to be loaded again. They were undefeated last season until losing in the state semi final in overtime.

We wish the team good luck and success in 2013.

Gamer

April 9th, 2013
4:14 pm

The figures are well off. I have a 2012 football player’s book. I maybe off by a few but it shows NS will have 21-23 seniors and 37-38 juniors. The 55 is close to a combination of the two. NS will make a good run but as of now I see the championship coming a team from Reg. 6 of AAAAA or Gainsville.