Nobody ever said being the best was easy.
For No. 1-ranked Northside-Warner Robins (No. 11 USA Today poll), that logic will prove especially true Friday night when they welcome Northside-Macon to town.
Against a Seminoles team whose only loss in eight games came in a triple overtime thriller back in early October, the Eagles will have to work to keep their undefeated 2007 season in tact. Also on the line is a 23-game win streak for Northside-Warner Robins (8-0 overall, 5-0 Region 4B-AAAA).
Not helping matters is the fact that quarterback Marques Ivory, who has been at the helm under center for the duration of the win streak, is now out for the season after breaking his ankle Oct. 19 in the Eagles' lone close game of the season against Upson-Lee.
His absence means that the pressure falls on the shoulder pads of talented tailback Tijuan Green. The 5-foot-11 and 190-pound, Scout.com two-star prospect is on the verge of eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark.
For the season Green has rushed the ball 114 times for 944 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 8.3 yards per carry and 118.0 yards per game averages have been critical this season in Northside-Warner Robins' sustained dominance. Green is also the team's third-leading receiver 14 catches for 250 yards and two scores.
Nick Bass (372 yards) and Kevyn Cooper (301 yards) leads the Eagles passing attack.
But now that Ivory is out with injury, who will be getting these players the ball?
That duty falls on backup quarterback Joe Scott. The junior appeared briefly in four of the Eagles' games before coming on in relief of Ivory against Upson-Lee.
In that game, Scott connected on six of his nine pass attempts for a season-high 103 yards and one touchdown. This year he has accumulated 316 yards passing with the one touchdown and two interceptions.
Scott will have to avoid adding to that turnover total against a Seminoles (7-1, 4-1) team that allows just 8.5 points per game.
Top junior linebacker Julian Burnett leads Westside-Macon's defensive charge.
The Eagles have won five of the last six matchups with the Seminoles.
Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned to GAVSV.com for news on the outcome of this pivotal 4A game.
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