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Northview football wins first game of season
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
September 18, 2013 01:20 PM | 1193 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northview came into its contest last Friday against Lambert as an underdog traveling on the road to face a solid Longhorns team that had defeated it 55-27 last season.

Behind a game-high 250 yards passing from DJ Pearson, the Titans notched the upset over Lambert, 16-12.

“This was a great win for our team and community,” Northview head coach Chad Davenport said.

“We felt like we were going to be much improved and this validates that thought and the hard work for our kids.”

The Titans trailed for much of the first half but began to mount a comeback, starting with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Pearson to Matt Biondich with 1:09 left in the second quarter, cutting the Longhorns lead to 9-7.

Northview’s defense then made a crucial play as Connor Owens caused a Lambert player to fumble on the Longhorns’ next possession and it was recovered by Keewan Williams.

Subsequently, the Titans took a 10-9 lead heading into halftime as Eoin Gold kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.

With less than three minutes left in the contest, trailing 12-10 and starting from its own 35-yard line, Northview proceeded to drive the ball down the field for the game-winning drive.

It was culminated with a one-yard TD run by Devan Johnson, with only 34 seconds left in the game, securing the victory for the Titans.

“We let one slip away the first game of the season and didn’t want that to happen again,” Davenport said.

“We have to continue to get better every week and get ready for sub-region play.”

The Northview defense, which allowed 40 points per game in 2012, has allowed only 14.5 ppg through two games this season.

“Our defense has improved so much and they are keeping us in the game right now while our offense finds its way,” Davenport said.

“Players such as Max Ovrick, Johnson and Owens have been tremendous for us. Our entire defensive unit has been playing great.”

Northview will return to action Friday at Pope.
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