SHELBY — Thaddeus Latham (8 carries, 70 yards) and Semaj Daniels (11 carries, 133 yards) combined for seven touchdowns here Friday as the Northside Gators extinguished the Leland Cubs 56-0 to remain undefeated at 6-0.
The win also marked the team’s first region 3-2A win setting up a key showdown Friday when the Gators travel to play the 4-3 Charleston Tigers.
Northside head football coach Tavares Johnson said the challenge this week is big, but they will have the same approach they have carried into every game this year.
“Each game is like our super bowl,” Johnson said. “These guys enjoy playing football and playing with each other. We are focused on us and doing all that we can to make sure we don’t beat ourselves. This week we are going to prepare and get ready to do what we’re coached to do, blessed to do and what we have been called to do.”
In Friday’s victory, the unsung heroes of the night for the Gators were the players on the offensive line.
Johnson was excited about how they performed.
“The line played tremendous tonight, and they have been a strength all season. The kids are doing what they are coached to do, and I am excited about that,” Johnson said.
Northside wasted no time getting on the board against Leland as Daniels scored on a five-yard run with 9:58 on the opening quarter clock. He added the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Latham added two more scores in the first quarter, while Terrance Shanks scored on a 23-yard interception return. Daniels added one 2-point conversion in this span to give the Gators a 28-0 lead.
Daniels scored on a nine-yard run with 11:52 left in the second quarter, and Latham added the two-point conversion for a 36-0 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Daniels scored on a 28-yard run, and Latham scored on a 13-yard dash. Corney Humphrey Jr. added the 2-point conversion for a 50-0 advantage, which would remain the score at halftime.
With a running clock in effect, Latham added a 26-yard run in the third quarter for the game’s final points to give the Gators a 56-0 win.
De’Anthony Brown led the defense with seven tackles and two tackles-for-loss. Tyrese Greyer had five tackles with two-tackles-for loss and a sack, while Latroy Jones and Tre’Shun Johnson had 4.5 tackles each to aid the Gators.