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Northside wraps up region title
by DON MONCRIEF, Patriot Sports Editor
Oct 29, 2010 | 769 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Northside earned its first region title under Head Coach Kevin Kinsler Friday. The Eagles beat Northside-Columbus 45-10 in McConnell-Talbert Stadium to improve to 9-0 overall and become Region 1-AAAA champions at 6-0.

The Patriots fell to 4-5, 1-5.

Northside scored first when a punt was blocked on the Patriots’ first possession. Chris Vickers fielded it on the fly and carried it the few yards necessary into the endzone. Dillon Mixon made it 7-0 with 9:50 left in the first.

Northside-Columbus went three-and-out and punted – this time successfully – on its next possession.

Northside took it on the 27 and carried it the distance on 10 plays – picking up five of its eight first-half first downs along the way. (Northside-Columbus had five first downs in the first half.) Stephon Cross finished off the drive from four yards out. Mixon made it 14-0 so it appeared things were progressing as expected considering the two teams’ records.

But the Patriots responded with an 81-yard touchdown pass to Josh Burnham. The PAT made it 14-7.

Northside-Columbus then forced a fumble on the Eagles’ next possession – the game just into the second quarter. That put the ball on the 33. A pass put it on the 16 and a run on the 10. Two plays later the Patriots were looking at a third-and-goal from the 4. But an illegal procedure penalty put it on the 9. They could only get it back to the 6 on the next play so had to settle for a short field goal.

Northside answered that with a nine-play drive that went 80 yards for the score. A big chunk of those yards came via a 44-yard run by quarterback Briar Van Brunt. Van Brunt finished the half with 85 yards. He topped the 100 mark with his first carry of the second half. That was for 20 yards but was soon erased from memory by his third. It came right after Marte Polk had carried it seven yards and for Van Brunt, went 43 yards for the score.

After forcing the visitor to punt again, the Eagles then went 95 yards for another score. Shaquille O’Neill finished it off from two yards out. Van Brunt did carry it a couple of times on the drive, once for a first down and then again later in the drive moving it from the 6 to the 2.

Dan Masteller, who had played some in the final couple of minutes of the first half, replaced Van Brunt at that point.

Northside-Columbus punted again following. The Eagles drove but fumbled it over at the 5. The Patriots gave it back via an interception by Anthony Williams.

That put the ball on the 17, led to a bench clearing of fresh Eagles coming into the game, and ushered in another score. Curtis Martin accounted for it from five yards out. Mixon made it the final.

Josh Sturns intercepted another pass on the Patriots’ next possession that set up Northside’s final score but it did drive within another score shortly after that but were content to let the clock run out.
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