Flomaton Takes State Line Battle Over Northview (With Photo Gallery)

August 31, 2019

It was a game of cross the state line rivals that ended with the defending Alabama 3A state champ Flomaton Hurricanes defeating the Northview Chiefs 34-26 Friday night in Flomaton.

“The saying goes it’s a game of inches; tonight was a game of inches. You can really go back and look at two or three plays that won that game for them,” Northview head coach Derek Marshman said. “We gave up too many plays on special teams, we gave up big plays, we gave up boneheaded mistakes that we shouldn’t give up.”

For a photo gallery, click here.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a early first quarter seven point lead over the Chiefs before the Chiefs answered with a Trent Peebles touchdown. With a missed kick, the Canes saw their lead cut to 7-6 with 2:01 in the first.

Early in the second, Flomaton cashed in on a run from Da’quan “Money” Johnson. A wayward kick, the it was Flomaton’s ballgame 13-12.

Northview’s Peebles added another touchdown and with a good two point attempt from Jayden Jackson for a 20-13 Northview lead with 22.7 seconds in the half.

In the third, Canes quarterback Zeb Vickery punched it in for a one point contest, 21-20 Flomaton on top. Alex Cash returned Northview punt to the Chiefs’ 3-yard line before Flomaton scored again on a Jate’vius Franklin run with just under three minutes in the third.

Northview regained the lead in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard run from Jackson, Northview on top 26-21.

The Chief were forced to punt, and it went straight into the hands of Cash who returned it to the 3-yard line before being brought down by Northview’s Keaundre Richardson. Franklin ran straight through a big hole in the middle for the TD.

In the end, the Canes topped the Chiefs 34-26.

“We gave up too many plays on special teams, we gave up big plays, we gave up boneheaded mistakes that we shouldn’t give up. We played extremely hard, we worked extremely hard all night,” Marshman said “The kids left it all on the field, both teams left it all on the field so that’s something that they can be proud of and they can continue to work on. We go back and fix the the little things. In the grand scheme of things this is game two; we’ve got a lot of fish to fry down the road.”

Both coaches gave credit to the other team as a very formidable opponent.

“What a game. Northview is a super, super good football team, very physical football team. We knew that all summer going in. The Peebles kid is a heck of a running back; the Jackson kid is a good running back; they got a lot of good running backs. We knew it was going to be a battle, but I think we just persevered and made some plays at the end,” Flomaton head coach Doug Vickery said. “We knew it was going to be a battle, but I think we just persevered and made some plays at the end.”

The Canes take on the Jay Royals next Friday night, an Vickery is confident that his Hurricanes will be read, despite losing a lot of experience from last year’s state title team.

“We lost 11 really good seniors last year and now we have a whole new bunch of kids coming out persevering,” Vickery said. “It’s a long season ahead of us. We’ve got a lot to build on.”

The Chiefs will sit it out with a bye week before hosting the Baker Gators on September 13, and they’ll be using every available moment of that downtime to prepare.

“We are going to continue to get better and I think big things are still ahead of this football team,” Marshman said.

For a photo gallery, click here.

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4 Responses to “Flomaton Takes State Line Battle Over Northview (With Photo Gallery)”

  1. TUMom on September 4th, 2019 3:34 pm

    So proud of our CANES!!!!!!

  2. Willis on August 31st, 2019 11:29 am

    Good game.
    Could have gone either way with both teams playing hard.

  3. William Reynolds on August 31st, 2019 11:24 am

    >>Where is the Band

    Look for another photo gallery in the next few days. :)

  4. Granny D on August 31st, 2019 11:10 am

    Where is the Band

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