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Chiefs to start season Sept. 21

Northview will begin its 2020 season next Mon., Sept. 21 on the road at Baker, Fla., a postponed start because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NHS head football coach Wes Summerford said the kids are itching to have that first game.

“Right now, in practice, we’re trying to replicate that as often as we can,” Summerford said about the game-type of ennvironment. “We’re trying to give them a good feel of what it’s going to be like on Friday night.”

Summerford said the coaches have reminded the players that they’re going to have the opportunity to showcase what they’ll have early in their division.

Summerford said BHS has a good running game with two running backs, taking up the charge.

“Then they have a speed back, and can get outside on offense,” he said. “They’re going to be coached well on blocking schemes. They teach the small things.”

Summerford said defensively, the Gators will load the box because of senior running back Jayden Jackson.

“We’re going o have to figure that out, and it’s going to be toe to toe football.

“We’ve got to execute and we’ve got to protect the footbll,” he added. “We can’t beat ourselves. If we take care of ourselves and focus on us we’ll be fine.”

Summerford added that practices in the lead up to the game have been great.

He said the kids are focused on the task at hand.

Kick off Monday in Baker is at 7 p.m.