Chiefs look forward to last 2 games

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Northview’s home game against Walton, Fla. this week is going to provide an opportunity for the Chiefs and their seniors to finish the 2016 home season on a good note.

Chiefs head football coach Derek Marshman said Friday night’s game is the last home game of the season.

“It’s our last home game for the seniors,” he said. “Walton is a very good football team. They’re well coached. They’ve clinched a playoff game already.”

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Marshman said the Class 4A Braves will be playing for a district championship next week.

“They’re a younger team, and obviously peaking at the right time,” he said. “They have the biggest offensive linemen, and a bunch of skill athletes.”

Marshman said Walton’s quarterback, Rajah Hooks, manages the spread offense well.

The offensive linemen Marshman eluded to include guard Michael Tolbert at 5-foot-11 and 251 pounds; tackle Zach Smith at 6-ffot-3 and 270 pounds; guard John Vaneycken at 6-foot-0 and 264 pounds; tackle Adam Hydle at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds; and tackle Jaylon Washington at 6-foot-5 and 328 pounds.

Last week, the Chiefs had to come from behind to take home a thrilling 40-25 homecoming victory over Jay, Fla. With the win, NHS clinched a postseason berth, and will play Baker on Oct. 28 for the district championship.

During the victory, NHS quarterback Luke Ward and wide receiver Neikel Robinson accounted for six touchdowns. Robinson led the Chiefs with 204 yards on seven receptions and two touchdowns. Ward had 241 throwing yards, and rushed in three TDs, including a pick six.

Early on in the game, the Chiefs put themselves in a corner with many penalties.

Marshman said one can’t look at all penalties in the same light, adding that there are three different types of penalties players commit, including unsportsmanlike, taunting and emotional.

Marshman said there are areas the team will continue to improve and correct as the team heads into the final two weeks of the regular season.

A big key for this game is that the Chiefs need to start fast, Marshman said.

“We’re not good enough to start slow, and be able to overcome penalties,” he said. “We’ve got to limit them. It’s senior night, and it’s going to be a big time for our seniors.

“This is one last chance to go out and showcase themselves in front of the home fans,” he said. “We could possibly come back home or go on the road (in the playoffs). This is an opportunity for us to finish undefeated at home during the regular season, which has not been done here in at least six years or longer.”

Kick off Friday is at 7 p.m.