Chiefs, Baker to spar

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Northview will hit the road to take on undefeated Baker, Fla. in a big game for the Chiefs on Friday.

Chiefs head football coach Derek Marshman said Baker is riding a 27 consecutive game win streak, and a 16-game home win streak.

“It’s a big game for us,” Marshman said. “They (Baker) run a great program, and they’ve got some great kids. There’s a lot of tradition over there. Over the past five or six years, it’s sort of turned into a rivalry.”

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Marshman said the game, in and of itself, is a great measuring stick for the program. BHS is a three-time region champion, he added.

Baker’s top players include running back Junior McLaughlin; receiver Derek Peoples Jr. and quarterback Payton Rockwell.

Marshman said McLaughlin is a big, fast running back and runs with a purpose.

“He runs low and tough to handle,” the coach said. “He punishes when he runs the football.”

Marshman said Peoples is a good compliment to Rockwell as the receiver makes explosive plays.

“Rockwell does a good job of managing the offense,” he said. “He does enough on the ground to scare you. He makes plays on his legs.”

Last week, the Chiefs took a tough 41-22 loss against Pensacola Catholic last week.

Marshman said after the game that he believes the team didn’t play up to the standard it has set so far this season.

This week with a normal schedule, NHS is going back to doing what they’ve always done, he said.

“We’re going to come out and focus on us, and do what we do best, and try to fine tune some things,” Marshman said. “We’re not going to do anything out of the ordinary.

“We’re going to go out and play four quarters,” he said. “We haven’t played a solid game of dour quarters. We feel like if we put together four good quarters, then we’ll have success.”

Marshman said, overall, it’s going to be a good challenge for the Chiefs.

“Our kids will be confident,” he said. “They’ve done nothing but everything we’ve asked them to do this season. Good news is that we’re coming off our worst performance. A lot of it was Catholic, but most of it is us. There were some bright spots. We outgained them by 155 yards.”

Kick off in Baker is at 7 p.m.