By LIBBY PUGH
News Sports Writer
Friday night lights, more like Thursday night lights for this week’s game. The Northview Chiefs traveled to Walton High School on Thursday. The Chiefs had one agenda in mind, Go, Fight, Win! The Chiefs ended the night with a profound 27 to 12 win against the Braves.
The Chiefs wasted no time in this week’s game. Within the first minute of the game, the Chiefs had driven down field and senior Jayden Jackson was in for a touchdown. The extra point attempt by sophomore Jamarkus Jefferson was no good. The tough Chiefs defense put up a strong front in order to force the Braves offense to punt after only 3 downs. The Chiefs took the ball and had 2 fourth-down scenarios that resulted in first downs and then a touchdown by Jefferson. This time Jefferson kicked for the extra point, and it was good. The Chiefs defense battled until the end of the first quarter and led 13 to 0.
The defense for the Chiefs continued to battle hard in the second quarter, and eventually ended the Braves offensive drive on the Chiefs’ 1-yard line. The Chiefs offense took over as a result of a turnover on downs. Chiefs offense drove down field and resulted in a touchdown by Jackson. The extra point by Jefferson was good making the score 20 to 0.
The Braves got past the Chiefs defense on their drive down field to score. As the Chiefs drove down field, the Braves intercepted a pass by quarterback Kaden Odom. The second quarter ended with a score of 20 to 6.
After halftime, the Chiefs were not finished. The mighty Chiefs defense came out and forced the Braves to punt on their first drive of the third quarter. Jackson then scored for the Chiefs on their long drive down field, and Jefferson completed the extra point attempt to make the score 27 to 6. The Braves turned around and scored and opted to go for 2 extra points on this drive, but they were unsuccessful. The Chiefs were forced to punt to end the third quarter. The quarter ended with a score of 27 to 12.
To end the game, the defenses were put to the test. The Chiefs defense forced the Braves to punt. As the Chiefs worked hard to score on their next drive, they were unsuccessful, and the Braves took the ball as it turned over on downs. The defense for the Chiefs was able to secure the win by being persistent and did not allow the Braves offense to capitalize on their remaining plays. The game ended in the Chiefs favor with a score of 27 to 12.
After the game, senior linebacker Johnny Windham said, “I was thankful to be playing linebacker again because that is the position that I have played for most of my football career. We worked hard during the week, and I am glad we were able to show our skills during the game and come out with a win.”
Windham is a large part of the tough Chiefs defense earning him the defensive player of the game.
Jefferson was awarded the overall and special teams player of the game.
Hopefully, the Chiefs will be able to use this win to motivate them for next week’s game against South Walton at the Chiefs’ stadium. It will be senior night for the team, cheerleaders, band, and NJROTC, so, Chief fans, come out to honor the seniors and cheer on your Chiefs. Looking forward to another great night under the bright stadium lights!