Chiefs fall 14-12 to rival Baker, Fla.

Published 10:48 pm Friday, September 13, 2019

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Northview left everything on the field Friday night as the Chiefs fell 14-12 to rival Baker, Fla. in Bratt.

The Chiefs and Gators played close throughout the game, taking advantage of golden opportunities on the gridiron.

Northview’s Jayden Jackson had a stellar game, scoring two touchdowns and grabbing an interception late in the contest. Baker running back Joe Brunson took the brunt of the run game for the Gators and put his team up for good late in the third with a 2-yard touchdown.

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Late in the fourth quarter, BHS drove the field, but fumbled the ball out of the end zone on a Eric McQueen run, giving new life for the Chiefs.

However, on a third and 10 play, Baker grabbed an interception as time dwindled away.

NHS head football coach Derek Marshman said it was tough.

“They have a heck of a football team,” Marshman said about BHS. “The credit goes to them. We’ve got to take advantage of our opportunities.”

Marshman was referring to three turnovers in the red zone, and getting stopped within the 25 as well.

After trading fumbles early in the first quarter and a punt, Jackson took Baker’s first punt 60 yards to the house with 19.8 seconds left in the opener.

NHS couldn’t take advantage of another Baker turnover, and the Gators answered with a 51-yard drive when Crowson found Jackson Adams on a 27 yarder with 13.5 left in the first half to go ahead 7-6.

Midway through the third quarter, BHS put together a lengthy 40-yard drive in just over 6 minutes as Brunson punched it in from the 2 to go ahead 14-6 with the extra point.

On the first play of Northview’s next possession, Jackson took the ball 61 yards with 54 seconds left to cut the game by two. The two-point conversion was no good.

Down by two, the Chiefs didn’t give up as Jackson grabbed an interception with 9:40 left.

Later on, both would trade turnovers during the fourth quarter.

Marshman said Jackson makes big plays. On the final drive, Jackson caught a 24 and 33-yard pass.

“He wants the ball in those types of situations,” he said. “We need a guy that steps up. That’s something we need.”

Next week, NHS visits Holmes County.