Northside-Warner Robins at Ware County

4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW: Eagles at Gators on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Northside-Warner Robins probably shouldn't be playing in a third consecutive 4A championship game.

But don't tell that to star quarterback Marques Ivory as his second-half heroics in last week's semifinals showdown with Tucker helped put the Eagles (14-0) in position to earn their second state title in as many years.

The one-star prospect, who had missed the previous five games with a broken left fibula, was inserted into the lineup to provide a spark to a team that was trailing 28-7 after two periods.

Ivory then proceeded to toss three touchdown passes before setting up the game-winning field goal. The victory helped stave off what would have been just the Eagles' second loss in a staggering 44 games.

For the season, Northside-Warner Robins is averaging 34.2 points on offense and allowing just 6.9 defensively. The offense will have its spark to begin the state championship game, as Ivory has been cleared to start.

As for Ware County, the Gators (12-2) enter the championship game averaging 21.2 points per game and allowing just over nine.

Ware County finds itself in the championship game for the first time in 46 years after squeaking by Thomas County Central last week.

Gators running back Debrale Smiley recorded the lone touchdown for Ware County in the upset win.

The last time Ware County found itself playing for a state championship was in 1961 when they fell 21-0 to Carrollton.


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