Northview Beats Walton In Game Plagued By Lightning, Power Failures

October 5, 2019

Electricity was in the air Friday night as the Northview Chiefs beat Walton 52-30. And the electricity part was a serious deal that led to the evacuation of the stadium twice and two delays due to power failures.

Pregame homecoming festivities came to an abrupt stop due to nearby lightning, and everyone was moved to the school gym. But the power went out during a thunderstorm, causing the game go get off to a late start.

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Walton was on the board first with a 3-0 lead on a 25-yard field goal before Northview’s Trent Peebles was into the endzone to put the Chiefs on top 6-3. Toss in a 39-yard touchdown run from Jayden Jackson, and the Chiefs were up 13-3.

With 4:56 to go in the half, Jackson was in on a 5-yard run, giving the Chiefs a comfortable 19-3 lead. Jackson added a third touchdown with 16 second in the half. With a good 2-point conversion from Peebles, and your Chiefs were top on top with 16 seconds to go in the half.

More thunder and lighting led to another weather delay at halftime. The stadium was once again evacuated, and the power went out a second time so the power company could remove a tree tied up in a nearby line. After the school was plunged into darkness a second time Walton and Northview bands and cheerleaders headed to the house for the night, but the football teams a few fans stuck it out to play a little football after power was restored.

Walton opened the third quarter with a kickoff fumble recovery to cut Northview’s lead to 27-10. With 9:27 to go in the third, Walton closed the gap to 27-17.

By the time the fourth quarter got underway at 10:30 p.m. Northview was up 46-23 on the way to a 52-30 win as the game finally ended at 11 p.m.

The Chiefs improved to 4-2 with the win and will travel to South Walton next Friday night.

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