Chiefs’ defense bows up, stops South Walton

Published 11:08 pm Friday, September 7, 2018

A stellar defensive effort propelled Northview to a 14-7 victory over South Walton tonight in Bratt, Fla.

The Chiefs, coming off a tough 42-20 loss to Flomaton last week, fell behind early, but didn’t give in the rest of the way.

Chiefs head football coach Derek Marshman said the defensive play from the guys was outstanding.

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“Our coaches and assistant coaches had a great plan put together,” Marshman said.

Marshman said the defense locked down, forcing four turnovers — two interceptions and fumble recovers apiece.

Northview’s Lance McLaughlin made the game-clinching interception with 1:40 left in the contest.

Earlier in the game, NHS cut the lead to 7-6 on a 55-yard scoring play. SW led 7-6 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Chiefs backed SW up and McLaughlin made a sack for a safety to give the Bratt team a 8-7 advantage.

NHS needed some breathing room, but found itself back on its own 1.

Marshman said the guys didn’t give up and put together a long, 99-yard scoring drive.

“The guys played well,” he said.

Marshman said Ben Wilson made his first start at quarterback, replacing starter Seth Killam. Killam started at running back, but also played at wide receiver, safety and cornerback.

Marshman said Wilson did well commanding the offense, and Killam played one heck of a game.

The Chiefs (1-1) play Bloutstown next week.