Chiefs come up short, falls 37-31 to Bozeman, Fla. in regional semifinal

Published 10:39 pm Friday, November 17, 2023

Northview came up a bit short, falling 37-31 to Bozeman, Fla. tonight in a battle during the FHSAA Class 1R regional semifinal on the road at Panama City.

The Chiefs led 24-14 at halftime, and held a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter. BHS notched a 45-yard field goal, and scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with 6.5 seconds left of the contest.

“We just came up a bit short on our end,” NHS head football coach Wes Summerford said. “Their team made some plays that were back breakers. I hate it for our kids. They did everything we asked them to do. We just came up short.”

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According to the MaxPreps score recap, the Chiefs scored first in the opening quarter. Bozeman answered with a scoring rush of its own a short time later. Both teams then traded scores and the game was tied 14-all with around 11 minutes left in the second quarter.

Northview’s Wyatt Scruggs completed a scoring pass a short time later, and Brandon Ferguson hit a field goal to complete the scoring in the first half.

BHS came out and scored on its first possession of the second half on a 10-yard pass from Peyton Gay to Kolton McClelland to make it a three-point game.

After a running score with 3 minutes left in the third, NHS led 31-21.

Gay hit Hanson for a 40-yard scoring pass with under a minute, and Chance Jenkins kicked a 45-yard field goal to tie the game.

Gay then connected with Hanson for the game winner with 6.5 seconds left.

Summerford said Bozeman made some adjustments on defense when it was a 10-point game in the second half, adding that the Chiefs were forced to pass the ball.

“The momentum shifted,” he said at that point. “We got them on third down four or five times in the second half, and they converted them. They have a great quarterback, the same one we saw three years ago.”

In spite of the loss, Summerford said the players can hold their heads high.

“This was my first senior group,” he said. “It was hard. That senior group was special, and great.”

Northview finished its season 4-7.