Victory sends Chiefs to playoffs

Published 12:18 pm Saturday, November 6, 2010

With a win needed to make the playoffs, the Northview Chiefs remained focused on the task at hand and delivered a crushing blow to the Vernon Yellowjackets winning 47-19 in Bratt, Fla. on Friday night.

The Chiefs (8-1, 6-1) had the lead from start to finish leading 14-7 at the half, but really capitalized on their lead in the second half scoring 33 points on the Yellowjackets’ defense.

Chiefs fullback Roderick Woods was the man of the hour scoring three touchdowns in the rout.

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Woods rushed the ball 15 times for 101 yards with two touchdowns and caught two passes for 27 yards and one touchdown.

Chiefs head coach Sid Wheatley said his team’s performance was proof of the hard work they put in every week.

“It’s a great, great feeling to make it to the playoffs,” Wheatley said. “It’s great to see the work these kids put in every day pay off. It’s a tribute to them and how much they put into it.”

The first quarter of the game was a battle for both teams as the Chiefs gave up a fumble on their first drive after driving 35 yards to the Vernon 26, but bounced back to force a punt on the Yellowjackets’ first series.

The Chiefs were forced to kick their first punt on their following series, but again had a good defensive stand holding the Yellowjackets back when they went for it on fourth and three.

Northview took the ball with time winding down in the first quarter and drove 67 yards in seven plays with a Brandon Sheets 44-yard pass to Dustin Yuhasz being the play that got the Chiefs’ momentum rolling. Three plays later and Woods scored his first touchdown from two-yards out to open the second quarter with Northview leading 7-0.

Vernon’s next series was like their first two as they again gave the ball back to the Chiefs who turned a botched punt into great field position.

In a seven-play drive, the Chiefs drove 33 yards with running back La’Mikal Kyles scampering from the 10 to put the Chiefs on top 14-0.

The Yellowjackets would respond though upon getting the ball back as they would push down the field to the Chiefs’ 21 where quarterback Dylan Lee hit a receiver with a 21-yard pass-and-catch to cut Northview’s lead to seven where it would remain at the half at 14-7.

Wheatley said at halftime he and his team talked about finishing their opponent.

“At halftime, we were up 14-7,” he said. “We made some good plays, but we also had some bad penalties and a tough fumble in their territory. We tried to emphasize at halftime that we had to finish this game. The loser goes home and the winner keeps playing and our guys got the message.”

In the second half, it was much the same for Northview as they continued to move the ball down the field.

After holding the Yellowjackets to another three-and-out, the Chiefs took over on their own 47 and plowed down the field.

A couple of big runs by Brandon Sheets were the catalyst as he scored on a 27-yard scramble to put 20-7 after a missed extra point.

The Yellowjackets would not be denied on their second series as they took the ball on the first play and had a running back cut to the sideline and break 60 yards for the touchdown to again pull within seven points of Northview.

After an interception by Taylor Martin, it became the Roderick Woods show has he scored two touchdowns on the Chiefs next two possessions with one coming on a two-yard dive and the other on a 13-yard pass from Sheets to get the Chiefs up 33-13.

The Chiefs picked off another pass on the Yellowjackets’ next series with Montaio Mitchell getting between the receiver and the ball.

He then was rewarded on offense with a 12-yard touchdown run that put the Chiefs up 40-13 midway through the fourth quarter.

Another Vernon turnover allowed the Chiefs to add one more touchdown with Woods breaking off a 25-yard touchdown run up the gut to get Northview on top 47-13 with time winding down.

Vernon would put one more score up on the board, but it would not be enough to catch the Chiefs as they cruised to a 47-19 win.

Next Friday, the Chiefs host the West Florida Jaguars for senior night. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Chiefs running back La’Mikal Kyles runs the ball in Friday night’s win against the Vernon Yellowjackets.|Photo By A.J. Beachy