The Northview Titans (4-2, 3-1) captured a huge win against North Atlanta (3-2, 1-2). The team pushed harder, played more aggressive, and had their head in the game. Northview players Will Caylor, who leads the region in rushing, and Liban Ismael spoke on the crucial region win for the Titans.
The team was struggling in the beginning, but they were able to adjust to the Warriors’ defense in the second half. Once they solved North Atlanta’s defense, they reeled off 20 unanswered point en route to a 40-26 victory.
“The only thing that was holding us back in the beginning was that we were not completing tackles. However, after halftime we changed our defensive plan and we started seeing more success,” Liban Ismael said.
Without giving up, Northview’s offense played great. The defense started to step it up and helped win the game. Despite a crazy week of rainy practices, the Titans were still prepared for the game using the small amount of time they had to prepare.
“We have been working hard at practice, adding plays and going over old schemes to prepare for the games,” Caylor said.
Coach Buchanan feels the boys have been playing relentlessly while keeping a great poise, which allows the coaches to fix the bleeding in the first half of the game.
“We get better each week. We as coaches have an expectation from each position to each player, and we hold them accountable. What we do next is find a game plan and teach the plan to the team,” Buchanan said.
Each game plan has a little twist to it, however for the next home game against Cambridge, the Titans may have something new to it. The coaches have a lot of trust in the players to work as a team and communicate as well as they can off and on the field.
“Overall we need to improve on being able to play all 4 quarters of the game 100% of our ability. We are working on it and getting better everyday,” Caylor said.
The team tends to play strong in two or three quarters, but the other teams tend to capitalize on the one that they are not playing well in. The Titans need to work on completing drives on offense as a tough matchup with the Bears looms.
Northview hosts Cambridge next friday before heading into a bye the week after. After the bye week, they will host the Alpharetta Raiders for the final home game of the year. They will then travel on the road to Pope and Centennial to end the year. Whether or not the Titans end up in the playoffs will be decided in the coming month, and that all starts next friday.