Cory Munson drilled a 33 yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give the Eagles a thrilling 17-14 victory over the Bears. The win evened the Eaglesí region mark at 2-2 and closed the regular season schedule at 7-3. Northside now enjoys a bye week as the rest of the region schedule plays out to determine their playoff seed and opponent.
Houston Co. took the opening kickoff and with the aid of third down defensive penalty and a muffed Northside punt, drove 85 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles answered with a 13 play/62 yard drive that ended with a 1 yard TD run by Eric Smith. The Munson PAT evened the score at 7-7 with 13 seconds left in the first quarter.
After a Houston Co. punt, the Eagles drove 58 yards in 4 plays for another Eric Smith touchdown from 13 yards out and a 14-7 lead with 6:40 left in the half. An exchange of punts followed to end the half.
The third quarter was defensive struggle until the Bears converted a tipped pass into a 47 yard touchdown with 2 seconds left in the third quart to tie the game up at 14-14 heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter saw two Eagle drives thwarted by lost fumbles. The Eagle D halted the first Bear drive with a Tubby McCall interception at the Northside 18 yard line, and the second drive was halted by a huge interception and return by Kentrez Anthony with 4:37 left in the game. A block in the back penalty on the return set the ball at the Bear 46 yard line. Seven running plays and two Houston County timeouts later, the ball was on the left hash of the 12 yard line with 44 seconds left. Northside QB Marcus Jolly took the snap and moved the ball to the center of the field while taking a 4 yard loss and the Eagles let the clock roll until calling timeout with 2 seconds on the clock. Munson and his snapper Mark Yancey and holder Armand Childs along with the rest of the FG unit calmly marched onto the field for the final play of regulation. A perfect snap and hold and kick won the game for the Eagles on Senior Night at the MAC and broke a two game losing streak to the Bears and pushed the all-time series record to 18-2.