The Northview Titans (0-4, 0-2 Region 7- AAAAAA) hosted region rivals Johns Creek Gladiators (2-3, 2-1 Region 7- AAAAAA) on Friday, September 22. The Titans fell with a final score of 38-21 that dropped their record to 0-4. Northview had high hopes coming into this game, wanting to get their first win of the season against a rival team. Johns Creek came into the game hot and started well by going up 8-0 and keeping the Titans scoreless for the first quarter.
The Gladiators didn’t show any signs of slowing down heading into the second quarter. They quickly got three points on the board by converting a 33-yard field goal to put the score up to 11-0.
“Just like our last game we keep letting the opposite team get leads on us early in the game, which makes it harder for us to compete,” junior defensive tackle Davon Benjamin said.
Northview went into halftime down 18-0 and were left looking for ways to get some points on the board and crawl their way back into the game.
The Titans first touchdown came in the third quarter when senior quarterback Colton McDaniel completed a 35-yard touchdown toss to junior receiver Christian Watson, pulling the crowd right back into the game. Minutes later, McDaniel would complete another four-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver David Diamond. Thanks to a two-point conversion the Titans were now only down 10 with the score at 25-15.
“If we can continue to play like we did at the end of the third quarter we can beat anybody. We just have to dig deep and find the courage to keep playing hard,” senior Jake Ruppert said.
Johns Creek scored another touchdown that would bring their scoring total to 31 early in the fourth quarter. The Titans were able to put up one more score with about three minutes left in the game with McDaniel completing a short three-yard touchdown to senior receiver Farid Nana-Yeboah that would be the final points of the night.
Senior guard and defensive end Carson Pate weighed in on what the Titans can do to turn around this losing streak.
“We just need to come together as a team and practice harder every time we hit the field. All of the guys are still confident that we can turn our season around before it’s too late. We just need to come together as one,” Pate said.
Keep an eye out for the Titans as they continue to get better throughout the season despite the losses.
“The season’s not over so don’t count us out just yet. We still have time to improve and get better,” Benjamin said.
The Titans have an away region game at Dunwoody this Friday, September 29, at 7:30.