Published 3:27 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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Chiefs to face Holmes County in regional semifinal

Another week.

Another opportunity.

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Northview will host Holmes County, Fla. this Friday night in a FHSAA Class 1A rural regional semifinal game at Tommy Weaver Stadium.

The Chiefs enter the postseason 10-0 on the season. NHS defeated Bay, Fla. 41-6 on Nov. 4. The Chiefs earned a bye week last week.

Head football coach Wes Summerford said the team had a good bye week to get back healthy, and took the time to focus on itself.

“Holmes County is a good opponent,” Summerford said. “They do good things on offense. They’re primarily a veer run-type option team.”

Summerford said the HC offense demands discipline on defense.

“It’s really covering all three of those options,” he said. “Through different looks, our players have to know their job and how important it is to do their job.”

Throughout the season, HC (7-4) has scored an average of 37 points per game. Northview has scored an average of 45.6.

Defensively, the Blue Devils have allowed 17.09 points per game, while the Chiefs have allowed 13.9.

Summerford said having the bye week was big for the team.

“We’re relatively healthy, and it allows you to go back to the little things that got you back where you are,” he said. “It gives you a unique opportunity. It gave us an opportunity to break up the monotony of practice, and work on all phases of the game.”

Summerford said he believes the team’s best game is still out there.

“That’s something I remind them off often,” Summerford said. “We’ve got to get better each week, and take advantage of the opportunity.”

Kickoff on Friday is at 7 p.m.