By JOSH FRYE
Trent Peebles led the offense, and Wyatt Windham spearheaded the defense, as the Northview Chiefs fought back from an early deficit to defeat North Bay Haven, 36-25 last Friday, September 27 in Panama City, Fla.
NHS stats show that Peebles rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Chiefs quarterback Ben Wilson went 2-for-5 passing, for 55 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs started the contest out slowly, falling into a 6-0 deficit during the first quarter. The hole was extended during the start of the second quarter as NHS fell behind 13-0.
Things started to get interesting for the Chiefs then, as Jamarcus Jefferson punched it in from 1 yard out for his first points as a Northview player. Jefferson’s personal achievement was followed up with a two-point conversion that closed the gap to 13-8.
Just a few minutes later, with just under three minutes left in the half, Wilson notched his most important completion of the game, connecting with Logan Bryan for a 52-yard touchdown. Wilson’s two-point conversion allowed NHS to retire to the locker room for the half with a 16-13 advantage.
The Chiefs received the ball to start the second half, but Wilson gave possession up on the first play when the Buccaneers got a pick-six interception and a two-point conversion to regain the lead at 19-16.
Determined to fight back, NHS kick returner Aunterio Minor took the post-touchdown kickoff 70-yards for a Chiefs touchdown and the lead, 22-19.
As the final five minutes of the third period closed in, the Buccaneers responded. The lead changed hands again when NBH scored another touchdown to reclaim the lead, 25-22.
The score marked the fourth lead change of the game, and NHS looked for another saving grace on the scoreboard.
Their prayers were answered once again in the form of Peebles, who bulled his way into the end zone from 3 yards out during the final minutes of the third period to put the Chiefs back in the lead, 29-25.
Peebles struck again midway through the fourth quarter, sealing the deal for NHS with a 10-yard scoring burst to put the night’s final points on the board.
Jaheem Durant had six carries for 82-yards to help lead the Chiefs running game, while Minor carried seven times for 68 yards and had the kickoff return for a touchdown.
Windham led the Northview defense with 12 tackles. He was seconded by Noah Harigel with 11.
The Chiefs generated 408 total offensive yards, with 353 of those by way of rushes.
NHS will host Walton this Friday, October 4, for homecoming.