By MCKENNA SIMMONS
News Sports Writer
The Northview Chiefs brought home yet another win last Friday night, October 21, in Marianna. The Chiefs are undefeated so far this season with an impressive record of 8-0. Even with a near three-hour bus ride, they still managed to have a final score of 43-14.
The Chiefs received the ball first. Jamarkus Jefferson started off the night strong with a first down. Shortly after, quarterback Kaden Odom passed the ball to Wyatt Scruggs for a touchdown. With a good kick from Brandon Ferguson, the Chiefs were up 7-0 early on in the game. The Bulldogs gained possession of the ball, but they fumbled, and Northview’s Moses Delarosa recovered it. The Chiefs decided to go for a field goal on fourth down, and with a good kick, they were up 10-0. The Bulldogs were not ready to give up, and they scored when they regained possession of the ball, which brought the score closer at 10-7.
In the second quarter, Jefferson retaliated with a touchdown, bringing the score 16-7. Although the Bulldogs were back on offense, the Chiefs held them, and they did not score. When Northview got the ball back, Jefferson scored again. With a good kick from Ferguson, the Chiefs were up 23-7. Marianna received the ball, but the Chiefs’ defense held them and got the ball back. Maliki Haynes got a first down for Northview, but the Chiefs did not score on that drive. The Bulldogs were back on offense and almost scored, but Luke Bridges intercepted the ball, turning the ball over to Northview. The Chiefs were not able to score again before half time.
In the third quarter, Odom threw an interception to Marianna, but they did not score. When the Chiefs got the ball back, Odom threw a pass to Scruggs for a first down. Jefferson scored and Ferguson got the extra point, which brought the Chiefs up 30-7. The Bulldogs were not able to make it past Northview’s defense on their possession. When Northview got the ball back, Jefferson scored for his fourth time Friday night, bringing the score 36-7.
Determined to keep putting points on the bored, in the fourth quarter, Haynes scored the final touchdown of the night for Northview. Ferguson got the extra point, which brought the Chiefs up 43-7. The Bulldogs did score at the very end of the game, which made the final score 43-14.
“I think the long bus ride really got us at first, but after we got going, there was no looking back,” Kaden Odom said. “I’m proud of the guys, and how we ran with it in the second half!”
“These past couple of weeks we’ve been starting off slow which happened against Marianna, but it was a great team win,” Luke Bridges said.
The Chiefs have had a record-breaking season thus far, and fans and players alike are hoping it will continue to be that way. The whole community has became supportive this past year, even traveling long distances to show it like Blountstown and Marianna. The Chiefs have their first home game since September this Friday against Escambia County High School, Atmore. It’s going to be a great game, make sure to be there, you won’t regret it!