ATLANTA — Quarterback Tobias Oliver scored on a 47-yard run with eight minutes remaining and Northside of Warner Robins won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA football championship with a 25-18 comeback victory over Mays on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Oliver passed to Nate Greene for a 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter and and Justin Alonzo kicked a 32-yard field goal for Northside (14-1) early in the fourth to close what had been an 18-7 lead for Mays (12-3) at halftime.
Oliver finished with 154 yards on 20 carries and completed 5 of 11 passes for 94 more yards as Northside won its third state championship.
Mays quarterback Asahnia Aderhold threw three first-half touchdown passes and finished 14 of 34 for 290 yards.
Mays was trying to win the Atlanta Public Schools' first state championship since Southwest Atlanta in 1973. Mays opened in 1981 as a replacement for Southwest.
Aderhold found Randrecous Davis in the end zone from 29 yards out as time expired in the second quarter to give Mays an 11-point lead at halftime. Davis had gone 76 yards with a short Aderhold toss earlier in the quarter after the quarterback had connected with Tyshawn Brown for a 19-yard score in the first period.
Northside had scored first when Aderhold was hit as he threw and Jay Kendrick return the interception 16 yards.
The Eagles won consecutive state championships in 2006 and 2007.
Mays finished with 352 yards to 343 for Northside, but didn't convert after any of its three touchdowns and missed a 23-yard field goal attempt.