On Friday night the Northview Titans (1-5, 1-3 Region 7-AAAAAA) got pounded by the visiting Centennial Knights (4-3, 4-1 Region 7-AAAAAA) 48-17. Northview was able to get the first score of the game, taking a lead of 7-0, but Centennial responded with 20 unanswered points. This set up the Knights to take a 27-10 lead heading into the half and dug the Titans a deep hole to climb out of in the second half. After halftime, the Knights came out firing, continuing the trends from the first half. Centennial outscored the Titans 14-0 in the third quarter, seemingly putting the game out of reach unless the Titans could conjure up a miracle. Although they kept the fourth quarter at an even 7-7, it was nowhere near enough, and Northview was left searching for answers. The final score of 48-17 gave Northview a record of 1-5 and Centennial a record of 4-3.
Davon Benjamin, linebacker for the Titans, spoke after the loss.
“We underachieved and we are better than what our record and our play shows,” Benjamin said.
He talked about getting better and bouncing back after such a tough loss.
”We just gotta come to practice better than we were today and work on what we struggled with last week,” Benjamin said.
Christian Watson, a junior cornerback and a wide receiver for the Titans, also spoke about his feelings on the loss. He described how horrible he felt as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
“We could have done better. We could have given a better effort,” Watson said.
He believed he could have done more to help the team offensively and defensively. He talked about getting better after the loss and being able to better themselves overall after the game.
“We need to get better. We must focus on the little things and fundamentals and learn not to hang our heads and to finish games,” Watson said.
The team will have a hard week at practice as they work to figure some things out and regain confidence as they continue their season. The Northview Titans slid to 1-3 in the region, unable to take the momentum from their win against Dunwoody the week before into this contest, while the Centennial Knights moved up to 4-1 on Friday. Both teams will be defending their home fields next Friday night. The Titans will face the Cambridge Bears and the Knights will be facing the North Atlanta Warriors. Northview desperately needs to win each of their upcoming region matchups in order to keep their playoff hopes alive and save their disappointing season to this point.