Grading Out: Northside, Southside looking for cleaner play

Published 1:57 pm Saturday, September 10, 2016

Both Northside and Southside had sloppy outings on Friday night. The difference was that the Panthers were able to overcome errors and got some breaks, while the Seahawks got in their own way more often than not.

Both Southside and Riverside turned the ball over three times en route to a 26-20 overtime win for the homestanding Knights. Two of Southside’s turnovers were interceptions returned for touchdowns. The Seahawks were also assessed with 10 penalties for 92 yards. They dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Northside, on the other hand, cashed in on a two of South Creek’s turnovers for defensive scores. The Panthers, despite what coach Keith Boyd deemed a lethargic start, came up with a 24-7 win to improve to 4-0.

Here were some of the standout players for each team Friday night.



Tyrece Taylor was a force on both offense and defense Friday night. He was dragging around opposing Knights by the end of the game. Even though he didn’t cap off the evening with a late touchdown, he scored once on offense and defense.

After Riverside struck first, Taylor responded with a 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown. It didn’t give the Panthers the lead, but it effectively took the wind out of Riverside’s sails.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Taylor finished off his side’s best offensive drive of the game with a short touchdown run.


Southside running back Zikajah Crawford has been arguably the most consistent feature of the Seahawks’ ground-based offense early in the season. He turned in a 58-yard, two-touchdown performance on Friday that kept his side in it right up until the overtime loss.

He scored a 9-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave Southside a 12-6 edge at the time. He punched in another score from a yard out to tie the game at 20 apiece with 8:02 left in the third quarter.

On the defensive side of the game, Crawford also had a tackle and an interception. Unfortunately, he also threw a pick on his only pass attempt of the game.


Junior lineman Teddy Minor has been a highlight of Southside’s defense through four games. He spearheaded a defensive effort that kept Southside in the game and forced overtime. He led the Seahawks with seven tackles (five solo) and had two sacks.


Going into Friday, running back James Barrow led Northside with 323 rushing yards and seven touchdowns through just three games. Even though South Creek held him out of the end zone, he earned third- and fourth-down conversions to help lead the Panthers on a second-half scoring drive.

He limped off the field late in the third quarter and would not return, but Boyd said he doesn’t expect Barrow to miss any action.