On Friday, September 29th, Northview Titan (0-4, 0-2 Region 7-AAAAAA) football will go on the road to face division foe Dunwoody High School (2-2, 0-2 Region 7-AAAAAA) in an attempt to get their season back on track. The Dunwoody-Northview games are some of the best nail-biters of every season and this one is lining up to be another classic.
The Titans are coming off a disappointing 38-21 loss to division rival Johns Creek and are looking to bounce back from a tough second half brawl that ultimately cost them the game. This is the Titans third road game of the season. Northview almost came up with a win against Lanier in the opener, but fell short and have not recovered to earn a win since then. Assistant Coach Mark Clements is nothing but fired up about the upcoming showdown and the big crowd he expects to show up.
“These players love to feed of the students’ energy, especially when we come up with a big play on either side of the ball. It helps us keep the game fun and competitive,” Clements said.
The Northview offensive line had a tough matchup last week, giving up multiple sacks. Also, the Titans had immense trouble creating a run game, totaling just eight yards for junior starting running back Will Caylor. The leading rusher ended up being senior quarterback Colton McDaniel with 24 of his own.
“I felt like we had our work cut out for us last week,” senior offensive linemen Jake Ruppert said. “We have an easier matchup this week and I really think we will win.”
After another tough loss, Senior Captain Farid Nana-Yeboah sounded off on his team this season.
“It sucks to see another one of our teammates go down to injury and it’s hard to replace those kind of guys and what they bring to the team.” Nana-Yeboah said.
The Titans are still looking for their first victory of the season and for new Head Coach James Thomson. Unfortunately, the heavily senior-filled Titan squad continues to lose key players to injury, including junior utility man Colin Ferguson to a torn oblique (pending x-rays) and senior wide receiver Kane Siebold to a concussion. Northview can only afford one more region loss before their playoff hopes diminish. However, their schedule favors them in the upcoming weeks, facing all region teams with similar records. Each upcoming game is considered a must win.