Northside knows to play until last second

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Northside coach Kevin Kinsler knows what his team is up against in Friday’s AAAAA state title game.

“They (Mays) don’t always look real disciplined and all that,” he says. “But they’ve got a lot of guys that can take what should be just a four or five yard gain and turn it into a 70-yard touchdown.”

The Raiders have also shown the ability to score at the last second. It happened twice in their 44-41 quarterfinal win over Jones County–once at the end of the first half and again on the last play of the game.

“We’ve had to come from behind and win some ball games too,” Kinsler says. “We understand that when you get to this point, everybody wants to get to that championship. You’ve got to play for 48 minutes. As long as there’s time on the clock, it ain’t over. You’ve got to be ready to play on both sides of the football.”

The Eagles haven’t won a state title since 2007. They went to the title game in 2009 but lost. Since their last title win, they’ve reached the semifinals twice.

“There’s a lot of excitement,” Kinsler says. “It was great to be able to send our seniors off after their last hard work day. Everybody’s focused and ready to go play on Friday.”

Northside faces Mays Friday at the Georgia Dome at 8 p.m

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