By Jeffery Armstrong
The Northside-Warner Robins Eagles shook off their offensive doldrums in the first half, scoring four third-quarter touchdowns on four possessions en route to a 55-0 drubbing of the Morrow Mustangs Saturday night in a Region 2-AAAAA contest at Tara Stadium.
Morrow has allowed 40 or more points for the fourth time this season.
Northside (4-0, 3-0 in the region) held Morrow (0-5, 0-4) to only 18 second-half yards, constantly harassing Morrow quarterback Charles Gates and stuffing the Mustang running game.
The Northside special teams unit also got in on the fun as Eagles kicker Sean Mayo booted the Mustangs deep in their territory on many occasions.
Morrow started the game with an onside kick (it failed) and the Mustang defense forced a punt on the Eagles' first possession.
The Morrow offense couldn't move the ball, however, and on Northside's next possession, senior running back Brandon White scampered 39 yards for a touchdown. The PAT made it 7-0, Northside.
On Morrow's next possession, Eagles defensive back Albert Howard stepped in front of a pass from Gates and ran 28 yards for a touchdown. Just like that, Northside led 14-0 with 7:53 left in the first quarter.
Morrow penetrated Northside territory three times in the second quarter, thanks to a Northside fumble and two punts. But Morrow couldn't take advantage, as all three of its possessions ended with an interception, a fumble and a punt, respectively.
Northside woke up on offense as the half was about to end. Eagles quarterback Ferlando Williams hooked up with receiver Greg Wallace on a 59-yard TD strike with 29 seconds left and Northside took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Northside rushed for five touchdowns in the second half. The Eagles had 233 yards rushing opposed to Morrow's 93 yards on the ground.