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Ward’s a winner

Northview’s Luke Ward (right) runs through a drill during practice last week. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Northview’s Luke Ward (right) runs through a drill during practice last week. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

By Andrew Garner

Editor

Luke Ward hates losing.

The Northview junior utility football player played good enough to win two weeks ago during the Chiefs’ 47-20 loss to Crestview on the road.

Ward scored the only touchdowns for NHS in the loss.

“I was just trying to focus on play after play,” Ward said about his game. “I wasn’t trying to worry about the score. I was just trying to play football and get us back in the game.”

Ward said he’s set high goals for himself this year.

“My main goal is just to win,” he said. “All of the stats and stuff are great, but my first goal is to win and hopefully go and get a state title.”

Ward has been playing football since he was 3 years old. He played in the Northwest Escambia league to start.

By the eighth grade, Ward said he really came around as far as being a football player.

“That was when I really started getting into who I was going to be as far as football goes,” he said.

Ward said he hasn’t always been the versatile player he is today. At present, he plays just about anything from wide receiver, safety to running back.

“Most of the time coaches will put me wherever, anywhere on the field,” he said.

When asked what he likes about football the most, Ward said it’s all about the hype that goes behind the sport.

“I’ve been playing it since I was a little kid and it just never gets old to me,” he said.

Hitting and scoring touchdowns are the two main reasons why Ward likes football the most.

“I like winning,” he said. “I hate losing.”

Ward is the son of Melissa and Carl Ward.