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Northview drops key district contest, 38-20

By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Advance Managing Editor
The Northview Chiefs traveled three hours to do battle with defending district champions Marianna on Friday and came home with a step backward in their quest for a playoff spot.
After holding a lead through most of the first half, the Chiefs made several key turnovers that led to a 38-20 loss.
The Chiefs were leading by the narrowest of margins, 14-13, with less than two minutes to go. On a kickoff, Marianna tried for an onside kick that was recovered well by Northview. However, on the return the ball was dropped and Marianna players fell on the ball. They scored a few plays later to take their first lead, 19-14, with only 19 seconds to go in the half.
The turnover bug continued in the second half. After stopping the Marianna offense, Northview was driving downfield and appeared to be ready to score. But, a pass was brought down by a defender and returned all the way for another Marianna touchdown, making the score 25-14.
Northview had a chance to get back into the ballgame when they drove down to the 1-inch line. But, four tries to get in were unsuccessful as the Marianna defense stiffened.
The Chiefs also had another touchdown, but it was called back as offensive pass interference was called by the receiver in the end zone. That call came on fourth down and ended the Chiefs' drive.
Head Coach David Williams said the mistakes made by his team was too much to overcome.
The loss means the Chiefs will now need help from other teams to make it to the playoffs.
The Chiefs will travel to Baker next week for a non-district contest.