WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — There is no statistic for assists in football, but Northside-Warner Robins senior Rodney Levine might soon petition for change.
Through his work on defense and special teams, Levine helped the Eagles’ offense score three second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 56-14 victory over Region 2-AAAAA foe Grovetown in a Saturday matinee at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
“We always want to come out and play with intensity,” Levine said. “Our coaches tell us to be happy you are playing with your teammates. I just tried to give us a big spark.”
With his team ahead 14-7 in the second quarter, Levine sniffed out a fake punt attempt and tackled the ballcarrier short of the first-down marker. On the Warriors’ next possession, Levine blocked a punt. Near the end of the half, Levine flattened a member of Grovetown’s punt team with a hard peel-back block that sprung return man Keshun Hill for a long gain.
All of the plays led to a short field for Northside’s offense. It capitalized with touchdowns each time. The Eagles led 42-7 at halftime.
Hill scored three touchdowns for Northside (6-0, 3-0). He got the Eagles on the scoreboard to close their first possession when he took a pass from quarterback Glenn Smith for a 14-yard touchdown play. Hill also had rushing touchdowns of 4 and 77 yards.
Smith rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. The junior also completed 5 of 7 passes for 52 yards.
Meanwhile, Northside’s defense was stuffing Grovetown (1-5, 1-2). The Warriors did not manage a first down until the third quarter. They finished with five for the game, and two of those came after Northside penalties.
Grovetown managed 131 total yards of offense, but 49 of that came on a fourth-quarter touchdown run by Devin Bryant.
Grovetown arrived with only 38 players dressed, a little more than one-third what Northside showed. Warriors head coach Rodney Holder discounted the significance of the discrepancy, however.
“We’ve got plenty of kids,” he said. “They’re just real good.”
Grovetown answered Northside’s opening score when Juwan Biggers took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the tying touchdown.
Moments later, Northside running back Curtis Martin fumbled near midfield, but after a scramble, the ball was recovered by Eagles’ guard Tyler Martin. Hill scored on a short touchdown run a few plays later to put Northside back on top 14-7 as the first quarter ended.