Northview Football (0-2, 0-2 Region 6AAAAAA) was handled with ease by Winder Barrow (3-0, 0-0 Region 8 AAAAAA) by a final score of 38-14 on Friday night, September 1. The Bulldogs kicked things off by forcing an early Colton McDaniel fumble that lead to a quick score. Later in the first quarter McDaniel responded with a rush into the end zone, leveling the score. In the second quarter, with six minutes to go, junior running back Jamar Mack of the Bulldogs regained control with a rushing touchdown of his own. Winder Barrow continued to pound Northview down in the second half, pulling away comfortably. The final score showed a tough three possession loss for Northview, forcing them to continue their fight for an opening win. Davon Benjamin, Titan junior linebacker, provided some quick insight into what the expectations were prior to the matchup and what went wrong.
“We came into the game with high hopes and it did not go as planned. We couldn’t execute,” Benjamin said. ¨We didn’t take it seriously. We came in relaxed thinking it was gonna be a breeze, but we felt the storm.¨
He added another remark about how the team could have done better and executed better on defense. Titan cornerback and safety Christian Watson also provided his input surrounding the tough loss that pushed Northview to 0-2. He said it was the little things that they could not take care of that made the ultimate difference. Watson expanded by exploring how they could have done a better job on defense tackling and covering up the holes in the line. Northview has a really unfortunate schedule in the first four weeks of play in the 2017 season, beginning with two bye weeks in week two and four. However, Titan players are choosing to focus on the positives of this situation and utilize the byes positively and efficiently.
¨The bye week should give us a chance to better ourselves and it gives us a good chance to prepare and really work on the things we don’t do well,” Watson said.
The group is ready to bounce back after the rough loss and refocus entirely on the upcoming weeks.
“First thing in the morning we have workouts. We need to get back on the field work on defense, a lot tackling drills, and some individual work,” Benjamin said.
Despite the results of the first two games, Northview Football is optimistic for the remainder of the season and feeling prepared to get into region play. The Titans´ playoff hopes lie in the result of their regional matchups throughout the season, so there is nothing stopping the team from going out and earning a prime playoff position.