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JACKSONVILLE—It was the coldest night of the year, and the North Brunswick football season ended on it, too.
Give credit to the Monarchs of Northside High School, who had everything to do with stopping North Brunswick 27-0 Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A playoffs.
The unbeaten Monarchs entered the game averaging almost 40 points a game, but the game started with both teams going back and forth throughout the first quarter.
The only bright spot for the Scorpions in the first quarter came when Jesse Riley rambled 31 yards on a misdirection play. But the Monarchs capitalized on a fumble, which resulted in a 64-yard touchdown run on the next play. The extra point was no good.
In the second quarter, Riley rolled out and hit a leaping Shawn Sanders for a 30-yard gain, putting the Scorpions in good field position; however, the Scorpions could not muster much else on the ground. A punt by D. J. Graham put the Monarchs back on their 1-yard line with 4 minutes left in the first half. On the very next play, the Monarchs responded with a 99-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion put Northside ahead 14-0 at the half.
With only 2 minutes into the third quarter, Northside pulled off a beautifully executed draw play for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead.
The fourth quarter was pretty much the same as the first quarter, with back-and-forth possessions by both teams. Northside scored again, making the final score 27-0.
The Scorpions end the season 7-6.