Chiefs open on road
By By Matthew Nascone
The long awaited first game of the year will happen for the Northview Chiefs football team Friday when they travel to Panama City and square off with the Bozeman Bucks.
The Chiefs opened the season hosting the Bucks in 2005 and demolished them to the tune of 42-0, but NHS head coach Cody Keene said it would not be such an easy road for the Chiefs this year.
"Bozeman is a much improved team from last year and they have 13 seniors on their squad," Keene said. "They are big on the line of scrimmage and they have a fullback who is also a big guy."
Keene said Bozeman also has one advantage the Chiefs don't as they open the season Friday.
"They were able to play in a kickoff game and we did not, so we will have to come out and play well," he said.
Keene said all indications during practice are pointing towards a good opening game. He said the team had a good week of practice last week and last Thursday was the best of the preseason.
During the spring, summer and fall workouts Keene has worked with the team on becoming a more physical team and he said they are responding well.
"We had some good hits in practice Thursday and if that was any indication of how far they have come from last year than we are in good shape," he said. "These kids are trying really hard to be physical."
In preparation for Bozeman, Keene said the team has been working on multiple sets they believe the Bucks will throw at them.
Another aspect the Chiefs have worked hard on is the kicking game and Keene said he hopes those dividends will pay off in the game.
But, most of all, the Chiefs are looking forward to playing another team.
"We are tired of practicing against each other and these guys are ready to get started and they are looking forward to hitting another team," Keene said. "We hope people will come to watch us and travel with us if they can."