Chiefs clinch district title beating Baker

Published 9:07 am Monday, November 7, 2011

The stout Chiefs defense recorded their first shut out of the year Friday night during their 34-0 win over the Baker Gators.|Photo by AJ Beachy

Northview’s Tanner Brooks solidified the Chiefs’ sixth win of the year, and their second straight district title, Friday night with a fourth quarter pass break up that came close to notching NHS’ fifth interception of the game during a huge 34-0 shut out of the Baker Gators during homecoming in Bratt.

Head coach Sid Wheatley said he was impressed with his team’s effort during Friday’s win.

“Congratulations; you did it tonight. You’re district champions,” Wheatley told an emphatic NHS team after Friday’s win.

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Northview players did not need much motivation for excitement after their big win.

The Chiefs tallied four total interceptions, eclipsed only by five offensive scores.

Things got out of hand for the Gators early as NHS found the end zone four times in the second quarter alone.

Quarterback Brandon Sheets found pay dirt with a 10-yard touchdown run, while LaMikael Kyles added a 70-yard rushing score to give the Chiefs a 14-0 lead.

Adding to the Chiefs’ second-quarter domination was running back Montaio Mitchell, who found daylight for two ground scores for a total of 59 yards.

Austin Albritton capped off the Northview offensive campaign with a 10-yard, third quarter reception from Sheets to give NHS the massive 34-point advantage.

Wheatley said Friday’s blowout was a testament to the team’s talent and determination.

“Defensively especially, I’m really proud of,” Wheatley said. “ It’s our fist shut out of the year, and against a good football team. I feel like we’ve gotten better each week.”

Offensively, Wheatley gave credit to sticking to what the Chiefs do well.

“Offensively we’ve played well and put up points all year,” he said.

Wheatley cited the team’s signature formation as a big reason for the success.

“We got in the comfort zone in the double wing,” he said. “That’s our identity. When we get in it we feel real comfortable about the things we do. The guys have a lot of confidence in the offense and we were able to break off some big plays.”

Looking ahead to next week’s game, on the road against West Florida Tech., Wheatley said he feels confident in what his team will take away from the victory.

“This is huge, and it’s got to give our defense a lot of confidence,” he said. “It’s a tough challenge. They’ve got one loss so far. We’ve seen them on film some and their offense is explosive, so we’ve got to continue to get better on defense this week.”

Wheatley said just working with the basics of football will help his team get a win in their last road game of the season next week against West Florida Tech.

“Going at them, physical football and letting your skill guys make some plays” were the keys he pointed to that must be achieved to add a seventh regular season win to the Chiefs’ list of accomplishments during the 2011 season.

“I’m just really proud of them tonight,” Wheatley said. “Right now I just think we’re just kind of building right now.”

NHS will square off for their last regular season game of the year next Thursday night, on the road in Pensacola, Fla. at 7p.m.