Grant leads Northside to romp over Greene County
Fri. October 19, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. | By Marquavius Burnett
Northside quarterback Justin Beck (15) hands off to Tanner Colburn against Greene County. (Photo by Alicia Lavender)
SAMANTHA | Senior running back Zarrian Grant led a potent rushing attack with 119 yards and three touchdowns in Northside’s 62-8 victory over the Greene County Tigers Friday night in a Class 3A, Region 3 game.
Grant led a Rams ground game that amassed 390 yards and nine touchdowns on 45 carries. Five different players found the end zone on the ground for the Rams.
“It’s great to see that many guys get involved,” Grant said. “One of our main goals is to have a steady running game and we did that tonight.”
On the opening drive, Grant intercepted Denzel Davis’s pass and returned it deep into Tiger territory. The turnover set up a 21-yard touchdown run by Tanner Colburn.
The Tigers fumbled on their next possession, setting up an 85-yard touchdown run by Grant to increase the lead to 14-0 less than two minutes into the game.
“The kids all bought into what we wanted to do tonight and it showed early on,” Northside coach Chris Hilliker said. “Our MO is to run the ball and the team did a great job.”
Northside forced Greene County into a three-and-out on its third possession, setting up Grant’s second touchdown from 4 yards out, giving the Rams a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
Greene County’s offense continued to stall, failing to get past the 50-yard line, while Northside’s offense reeled off three more scores for a 41-0 halftime lead.
Northside continued pounding away on the ground, scoring three touchdowns in the second half, pushing its lead to 62-0.
The lone touchdown for the Tigers came with 45 seconds remaining when Davis found Adrian Tyree alone in the end zone for a 20-yard pass. Davis converted the 2-point conversion.
“We knew going in that we were undermanned, and they played a great game,” Greene County coach Bruce Jackson said. “My guys fought hard until the end, though, and I’m proud of that.”
Northside (5-3, 3-3) hosts Fayette County next Friday, while Greene County (0-8, 0-6) hosts Greensboro.