Northview Blanks Lighthouse 37-0 (With Photo Gallery)

August 24, 2019

The Northview Chiefs beat the Lighthouse Christian Stingrays 37-0 in their season opener Friday night in Bratt.

It was senior night for the Chiefs because it was the first of only three home games this season And the there was hardly a dry eye in the house as the Chiefs honored the memory of Dariontae Richardson. He suffered  heart attack last season hours after the Chiefs’s first round playoff win over Graceville on November 9, and later passed away in February.

His parents walked alone during senior night ceremonies. And team captains carried his #10 jersey onto the field during the coin toss, before the Chiefs went on to win one for Dariontae with his #10 on every helmet.

“It was a good win for our guys. First of all everybody got to play because it was senior night. Everybody contributed in one way or another. The good thing is we are coming away with a 37 point win and a shutout,” Northview head coach Derek Marshman said.

For a photo gallery, click here. An additional photo gallery with cheerleaders, the Tribal Beat band and more will be published by Monday.

Late in the first quarter, senior quarterback Ben Wilson found Da’Merion Findley for a big gain from midfield. The Chiefs then took a 7-0 lead with 4:18 with Findley into the endzone for Northview’s first touchdown of the season.

On the first play of the second quarter, Jaheen Durant danced his way to the endzone for another Chiefs touchdown, 14-0. Then with just over seven minutes in the half, Jayden Jackson, who has an offer from Boston College, returned a Lighthouse punt from midfield for a commanding 21-0 lead for Northview.

But the Chiefs were not done with the quarter as Trent Peebles made a long reach for another touchdown. A blocked kick, and the Chiefs were up 27-0 at the half.

Early in the third, Jackson was in at the 10:59 mark for a TD and then Jackson was back in the endzone for the two point conversion. With Northview up 35-0, the mercy rule kicked in for a running clock.

Toss in a safety late in the third to ice the cake, and the Chiefs earned their first win of the season 37-0.

The Chiefs finished at 8-5 last year, making all the way to second round of the FHSAA 1A state playoffs, and Marshman hopes to go all the way this year to Tallahassee, the new home of the FHSAA 1A state championship.

“There is still a lot of stuff we can work on; a lot of stuff we got to get better at,” Marshman said. “You know we’re flying to the football. We were better in coverage today than we have been. A year ago Lighthouse threw for over 300 yards on us so we really had to come out and get great pass rush.”

For a photo gallery, click here. An additional photo gallery with cheerleaders, the Tribal Beat band and more will be published by Monday.

Next week the, Northview Chiefs will head across the state line to take on the kings of Alabama 3A football, the Flomaton Hurricanes.

“That is a big one for our guys and for this community both ways, both sides,” Marshman said. “Going up against a 3A defending state champion is going to be a super challenge for our guys. Mentally I know they will be ready and hopefully physically they can match up with them.”

After the Hurricanes, it’s an off week for September 6 before the Chiefs play host to the Baker Gators on September 13. photos, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Northview Blanks Lighthouse 37-0 (With Photo Gallery)”

  1. Statechamps2019 on August 26th, 2019 12:14 pm

    Northview is a hard working team this year and has that ring in site.

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