CLARKSDALE — Friday night proved to be a history-making night for the Northside High School Gators as they won the 2A North Half Football Championship by defeating the Charleston High School Tigers 14-6 here at James E. Miller Stadium.
The win will put Northside against Taylorsville in the 2A State Championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Northside is in its second year as a football program. Northside was formed from the merger of John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou and Broad Street High School in Shelby.
The last time a school from the North Bolivar Consolidated School District made the state championship game was in 1987 when the John F. Kennedy Hornets lost to Enterprise 21-20 in the 2A State Title Game. Broad Street never made it to the state championship game.
During the football season, Northside has been dominant on its way to the title game by outscoring its opponents 592-34.
In Friday’s game, the defense continued to show its dominance by forcing four turnovers, all interceptions. One interception set up a touchdown drive while another interception was returned for a touchdown.
Senior standout Tyrese Greyer had a huge game on defense for the Gators as he recorded two of the interceptions and ran his final interception back for a touchdown.
“With the game that close, I knew I had to step up and help the team out,” Greyer said. “The defense has been playing well all season. We’ve worked really hard for it, so we’re just going to continue it in the next game.”
The win against Charleston was special considering the fact Charleston has a storied program with a lot of tradition. The win marked the second time this season Northside defeated Charleston.
“It was a big game,” DeAnthony Brown, a junior standout, said. “The defense came out. We pushed hard. We kept fighting. They said we were too small, too little, not fast enough and not physical enough. We came out and did our thing.”
Sophomore Cordarrian Hickman produced in a big way with his foot as he punted the ball well.
“On kicks, I had my head focused on the game,” Hickman said. “I was trying to get it all down, so we could get the game over with. I did what I had to do.”
Greyer was fired up about the chance to play for the state title.
“It feels good,” Greyer said. “This is my first time ever going to state in football. I would like to win it.”
Brown felt joy and excitement over the chance to play for a state title.
“It feels great,” Brown said. “A lot of people were doubting us, but guess what? We’re here. We’re one game away from holding up that gold ball.”
Hickman was in awe when talking about the chance to play for a state title.
“To me going to state is like a dream,” Hickman said. “I’ve never been to state before in my life.”