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Chiefs’ ‘D’ sparks 12-10 win over Walton

Northview beat Walton, Fla. 12-10 in a good defensive battle Friday night at home.

The Chiefs scored late in the fourth quarter, and their defense forced a sack-fumble to run the clock out on the game.

“They played lights out (Friday night),” NHS head football coach Derek Marshman said about the defense. “Walton is a big running team. We were able to get them out of their comfort zone. We shut them down on the run.”

NHS senior quarterback Luke Ward found Hunter Edwards late in the fourth on a 9-yard pass play, where protection broke down, Marshman said.

“Hunter Edwards dove for the ball,” he said. “It was a big play for both.”

WHS drove the field and tried for a field goal early in the game, but the Chiefs came up with a block.

On their first offensive possession, the Chiefs took advantage and scored to go up 6-0.

At the end of the first, NHS led 6-3.

WHS ended up leading 10-6 at halftime.

NHS ends its regular season run on the road at Baker for a chance to win the district championship.

With Friday night’s win, the Chiefs finished the regular season undefeated at home.

“We only had four regular season home games,” Marshman said. “Now, our goal is to get another home game. We hope to do something special next week.

“Our goal is to play at home,” he said.