Northview crushes Wewa 67-14

Published 8:41 am Monday, November 21, 2011

Northview quarterback Brandon Sheets runs for a 37-yard touchdown against the Wewa Gators in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

Northview made a statement in the first round of the Florida state playoffs Friday night as they set a school record for points in a game against the Wewahitchka (Wewa) Gators.

The Chiefs (7-3, 3-0), hosting the first round matchup, piled on points as they cruised to a 67-14 victory over Wewa.

Reaching the scoring record was not in the Chiefs’ playbook, but a nice surprise, Northview head coach Sid Wheatley said.

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“No, the plan was to come in and win a football game,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be like this. I thought our offense played tremendous and our defense battled and got some big plays. It was a great night for Northview.”

The final score of the game came with the second-team offense in the game as senior fullback Andrew Farrow dove over his line to put the Chiefs up for the final.

Leading up to that score, the Chiefs were finding anyway possible to score as they found touchdowns on passes, runs and a fumble recovery in the win.

After surging out to a 48-6 lead at halftime, the Chiefs came out in the third quarter looking to burn the clock and push to the second round of the playoffs.

In the second half, they managed to add three more scores including Farrow’s as the clock ran out.

Prior to Farrow’s touchdown, the Gators put a score on the board with a 10-yard pass that pulled them within 47 points.

On the series before the Gators’ touchdown, Chiefs backup quarterback Kevin Vaughan took a quarterback keeper sidestepped a couple of defenders and found himself in the end zone after a 34-yard run that put Northview on top 61-6.

The Gators had trouble moving the ball on most of their possessions as the Chiefs had four interceptions in the game with three coming by way of Vaughan and one by junior Chad Smith.

Wewa also coughed up a fumble that was recovered by a Chiefs defender Dalton Daniel and taken back 48 yards for a touchdown to put Northview ahead 55-6 in the middle of the third quarter.

Before halftime, it was all Chiefs as they scored 48 points with their running attack leading the way with five touchdowns.

Chiefs junior running back La’Mikal Kyles closed out the half with an impressive 8-yard dash to the end zone that put Northview ahead 48-6 and two possessions before that senior running back Montaio Mitchell ran in from 13 yards out that put them ahead 41-6.

Wewa scored their first touchdown before Mitchell’s touchdown to keep the game from being a shut out with the score coming on a short touchdown pass.

Roderick Woods scored for the Chiefs early in the second quarter to put them ahead 35-0 and before that it was quarterback Brandon Sheets leading the way with two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. Sheets threw passes of 42 and 45 yards, while running in from 37-yards out.

With all of the scoring, the Chiefs were able to advance in the playoffs and set a school record for points in a game.

Coming into this game, the Chiefs were looking to stop a team that scored a lot of points during the regular season.

Their running back was a focus of the defense, and they made sure to hold him back, Wheatley said.

“We were obviously concerned with their leading rusher,” he said. “Any defense would be concerned with a back coming in that has more than 2,000 yards rushing. We knew he would be a big key to stop. It was a challenge for us, but we paid close attention to detail and that was evident tonight.”

In preparation for the next round, the Chiefs will need to be focused on staying hard at work, Wheatley said.

“It’s only going to get tougher,” he said. “I told the kids to enjoy it this weekend, but come ready to work Monday. We have to set some goals for ourselves and work to try and reach those goals.”

The win puts the Chiefs in the second round of the playoffs, where they will face the Freeport Bulldogs at home in Bratt, Fla.