Chiefs, Jay to battle

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Northview is going to have to match Jay’s intensity and physicality this week, Chiefs head football coach Derek Marshman said.

The Chiefs enter Friday’s contest against the Royals after falling 48-19 to Freeport at home. NHS is 1-5 on the season.

Marshman said despite the loss, the boys played well against Freeport.

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“I thought we played really well in the first half,” he said. “We had many opportunities.”

Marshman said it was a two-possession game late.

“We couldn’t get over the hump,” he said. “We made too many mistakes in the first half.”

When asked what the focus is going to be this week, Marshman said it’s all about matching what Jay gives.

“They played Escambia Academy (on Sept. 22) and were only down 6 at halftime,” he said. “They played Baker, a powerhouse in our league, and Jay was up in the fourth quarter.

“They’re very good, physical and well coached,” he said.

Jay is 1-4 on the season entering this week’s contest.

Even though they’ve won one game this season, the Royals utilize a scrappy-type playing style, the coach said.

“They play with a chip on their shoulder,” Marshman said. “Their coach does a good job of playing with a lead.”

Marshman said the big key for the Chiefs on Friday is to battle each play.

“It’s going to be a war,” he said.

Kick off at Jay is at 7 p.m.