By Stephen Black
Northside-Warner Robins scored 17 points in the final eight minutes to advance to the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. The No. 2-seed out of Region 2 used a 3-yard run by running back Willie Jordan to tie the game, then Jurmon Weaver caught a 75-yard pass from quarterback Marcus Ivory to give the Eagles a 28-21 lead.
After causing a fumble by McIntosh running back Victor Nguyen on the Chiefs’ 20-yard line, Isaac Rivera connected on a 20-yard field goal to clinch the win for Northside.
The Eagles led 14-0 in the first quarter, but watched as Nguyen and McIntosh tied the game just before the half. The Chiefs then took a 21-14 lead midway through the third.
Northside advanced to face Ware County next Friday in Waycross. The teams met last year in the semifinals, a 24-17 overtime win by Ware County.