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Titans optimistic despite rocky start
by Chase Wallace
October 03, 2012 12:05 AM | 2695 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray -- Northview junior wide receiver Isaac Hart (8) heads up field after making a catch against Pope High School earlier this season.
Staff / Erin Gray -- Northview junior wide receiver Isaac Hart (8) heads up field after making a catch against Pope High School earlier this season.
An 0-4 start wasn’t how Northview head coach Chad Davenport drew things up. In fact, there isn’t much about their first four games that have gone to plan.

But that doesn’t mean the Titans are ready to mail things in.

“When you’re 0-4 it can feel like the world is collapsing in around you. The kids feel that way, the community feels that way and it seems like things can’t get any worse,” said the third-year coach.

“But we have to find a way to get through this. The schedule has been tough so far and I really feel like if we can get a win on the board it will do wonders for this team.”

Northview has opened the season with one of the tougher schedules in the area, playing South Forsyth, Lambert, Pope and Riverwood — four teams with winning records and a combined 16-4 on the season.

Playing against a quartet of playoff caliber teams, Davenport said turnovers, injuries and youth have contributed to struggles on both sides of the ball.

“We’ve had two of our best offensive lineman out, had to make a change at quarterback and we’re still shuffling personnel around on defense to try to figure things out.

“But it hasn’t been all bad. We were leading Pope at halftime (14-10), we’ve moved the ball well on offense the last two weeks and we’ve made good plays at times. We just need to stack those good plays together.”

The Northview coach went on to say that he is cautiously optimistic about sub-region play, with a number of key players coming back from injury and a much more manageable schedule on the horizon.

Within 7AAAAA-North, Northview is one of four teams (including North Springs, Cambridge and Forsyth Central) that have yet to win a game. Creekview (3-1) and Sequoyah (2-2) are the region’s early favorites.

The Titans will open sub-region play at Cambridge this Friday.

“The message to the team is that these are the five games that matter, the five that decide our fate. If we win all five we’ll be in great shape, win three or four and we probably get another shot at Riverwood or Pope in the Play-in game.”

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