Chiefs’ ‘D’ comes up big, NHS beats Walton 52-30

Published 1:04 am Saturday, October 5, 2019

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Northview’s defense stepped up in the second half as the Chiefs rolled to a 52-30 homecoming victory over Walton, Fla. in Bratt.

The Chiefs led 27-3 at halftime, but the visitors got in the game quick, thanks to two fumbles to start the second half.

However, NHS head football coach Derek Marshman said the defense bowed up and the Chiefs found themselves ahead 46-17 at one point.

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“Defensively, we did a good job of defending the run game,” Marshman said. “A lot of it was they had no success running the football. Johnny Windham and Wyatt Windham played great at inside linebacker; Jaheem Durant played well at defensive end; and Jacob Hawkins played well; and all racked up multiple tackles.”

Marshman said unofficial stats indicate that the Chiefs racked up 647 yards of offense, a school record if confirmation is true.

Trent Peebles rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns; Jayden Jackson added 257 yards and four scores; Durant had 162 yards and a score; and Trent Kite contributed with 30 yards and a score, all unofficial.

All of this offense was compiled after a severe thunderstorm delayed the start of the game, and a long halftime, which included light delay.

Marshman said with all of the distractions, he was proud of the way they played.

“They were real resilient,” he said. “They were able to overcome those distractions. I’m proud of this group of guys.”

Next week, NHS visits South Walton.