2005 Rivalry Tour: Northside Wins in OT
This was a matchup that had all the makings of a great game. Warner Robins and Northside both went into this past weekend with 8-0 marks and Robins, the defending Class AAAA state champion, hadn't lost a game since the 2003 season.
And neither team disappointed as Northside edged Warner Robins, 20-14, in overtime to clinch the Region 3-AAAA title. It was the 48th meeting between the two rivals and Northside won its 16th game of the series.
Northside quarterback Jacobi Rodriguez tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nick Bass in overtime to give the Eagles a 20-14 lead. Kicker Chris Barnard missed the extra point, but Northside's defense was able to thwart Warner Robins' comback attempt. Northside improved to 9-0 on the season.
Warner Robins started the scoring when Roderick Rose blocked Barnard's punt in the first quarter and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. Northside then scored 14 unanswered points on a 75-yard touchdown run by Byron Hunter and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Rodriguez to Hunter.
Warner Robins tied the game with 8:26 left in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Brandon Anderson. Warner Robins had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Jack Lobertini missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime.
Hunter led Northside with 117 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added two receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown.
The SchoolSports Rivalry Tour concludes on Nov. 4 in Florida as Lakeland takes on Lakeland Kathleen.
Complete 2005 Tour Schedule
Colerain vs. St. Xavier - 8/27 - University of Cincinnati (Ohio)
Chelsi vs Novi - 8/27 - Eastern Michigan University (Mich.)
Issaquah vs Mission Viejo - 9/5 - Quest Field (Wash.)
Tulsa Union vs Jenks - 9/8 - University of Tulsa (Okla.)
Woodlands vs Klein - 9/30 - Moorehead Stadium (Texas)
Naperville Cent. vs Naperville No. - 10/7 - North Central Coll. (Ill.)
Mission Viejo vs De La Salle - 10/8 - Mission Viejo Stadium (Calif.)
FM Marcus vs Lewisville - 10/14 - Texas Stadium (Texas)
Warner Robbins vs Northside - 10/21 - "The MAC" Stadium (Ga.)
Lakeland vs Lakeland Kathleen - 11/4 - Bryant Stadium (Fla.)
Preview: SchoolSports Rivalry Tour presented by Old Spice.