Northside shuts down Mays in 2nd Half, wins AAAAA title

ATLANTA – Northside High overcame two late Mays drives to win the Class AAAAA state championship 25-18 Friday at the Georgia Dome.

The Eagles looked to be in control of the clock when the Raiders stripped an Eagle runner inside their own territory. The Raiders took over at the 21 yard line and the drive stalled at the two. Mays coach Corey Jarvis elected to try a 23-yard field goal, but it sailed wide left. The Raiders then got the ball back with just over two minutes to play, but could not advance after the six play drive stalled. Northside then ran the clock down inside ten seconds before punting and running out the clock.

Kevin Kinsler speaks with GPB during the trophy presentation. Northside came from behind to defeat Mays. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Kevin Kinsler speaks with GPB during the trophy presentation. Northside came from behind to defeat Mays. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Northside (14-1) opened the scoring after Jay Kendrick returned an Asahnia Aderhold pass 16 yards for an Eagle touchdown. Justin Alonzo tacked on the extra point and Northside led 7-0 with 7:27 left in the quarter. The Mays defense played tough throughout the opening half, allowing the Eagle offense only 92 yards on 29 snaps. Meanwhile, the Raiders’ (12-3) offense exploded in the passing game, as Aderhold shook off the early mistake and connected on three touchdown passes – two to Randrecous Davis and one to Tyshawn Brown.

Brown’s TD went for 19 yards at the end of the quarter and Davis connected with Aderhold for a 76 yarder on a crossing route to give Mays the lead at 12-7 after a failed 2-point pass. The second Aderhold to Davis hook up came at the end of the half. With six seconds to play, Aderhold scrambled around and found a wide open Davis in the back of the end zone, the 2-point play was once again no good, but the Raiders led 18-7 at the half.

The Eagles did a nice job, turning to their running game to open the second half. On option plays, quarterback Tobias Oliver and running back Willie Jordan got on the edge. Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler then turned to a trick play to get the Eagles back on the scoreboard. Oliver handed to Jordan who then pitched back to the quarterback on a flea flicker. Oliver then found Nate Greene for a 70-yard score down the home sideline to pull the Eagles to within four, 18-14, after the extra point.

After an Alonzo field goal brought the Eagles to within one at 18-17, Northside then found their first lead of the game when Oliver dashed 47 yards to give the Eagles the lead. A two point pass gave Northside a 25-18 lead. It was the third state championship for the Eagles and first since 2007 in Class AAAAA. Oliver gained 154 yards on 20 carries while Jordan added 71 yards on the night for Northside. Aderhold completed 14-of-34 passes for 290 yards; only 55 came after halftime, however. Davis hauled in six receptions for 158 yards for the Raiders.

Calhoun 27, Washington County 20: In the middle game of the day, Calhoun High won the Class AAA state championship over Washington County and State Player of the Year A.J. Gray. Carson Brown caught a 40-yard touchdown pass with 9:42 left in the game to break a 20- all tie. Gray ended the night with 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also passed for 142 Calhoun finishes with an undefeated 15-0 record and Washington County 14-1.

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