Northview, Baker Battle It Out Tonight For District Title

October 31, 2014

The District 1-1A championship is on the line this Halloween night as the Northview Chiefs hit Highway 4 and travel to Baker.

The Gators are unbeaten at 8-0 and ranked third in the state, while the Chiefs are ranked fifth and are 6-1 against a much tougher schedule against larger schools.The Chiefs have taken down 4A teams Marrianna and Walton and gave Choctaw, the top team is 2-6A, a serious run.

The Chiefs won the 1A state championship back in 2012, but Baker beat Northview in Bratt last year 24-20 to earn a district title for the Gators. Tonight, the Northview Chiefs are looking to take their experience and put an end to the Baker Gator’s 19-game regular season winning streak and prevent a repeat of last year.

Northview Coach Sid Wheatley said the Gators will be a formidable opponent, standing behind their quarterback John Beck who comes in well over six-feet. “Their defense plays extremely hard; the have a big offensive line.”

“I think they are better up front; I think their backs are very physical. They’ve got the Newsome and the Lett kid,” Matt Brunson, Baker head coach told WEAR.  “They are great on defense. I think it will be a great high school football game.

Cameron Newsome is averaging 7.9 yards per carry this season, with 601 yards rushing and five  touchdowns. He also has nine receptions for 89 yards. “The Lett Kid” — Keondrae Lett — may be Baker’s Halloween nightmare. He leads the Chiefs with 1188 rushing yards, 1,431 total yards with 16 touchdowns.

Northview will treat Baker to several more names tonight from their trick or treat bag. Quarterback Gavin Grant is 29 of 47 for 420 yards and eight touchdowns. On the defense, Hunter Sherouse has 70 tackles, Tydre Bradley has 57, and Jaylen Parker has 50. Plus fourother Chiefs are at about 40 tackles each this season — Jacob Weaver, Zach Payne, Nick Lambert and Toney Harrison. Harrison is also looking forward to getting to know Baker’s quarterback; Harrison has a team leading  five sacks.

“It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be exiting. Our kids are anxious,” Wheatley said. “I think our kids know exactly what is at stake. Some of these guys were here last year when Baker came over and beat us and won the district championship. What we’ve got to do is execute and not have turnovers. We need to just play clean football, but I believe we’ll be ready.”

NorthEscambia.com will live score the game on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Pictured: 1A Northview beat 4A Walton 35-28 last Friday night in Bratt. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Tonight’s High School Football Schedule

October 31, 2014

Here’s a look at tonight’s area high school football schedule.

NorthEscambia.com will have live scores from select games on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

FLORIDA

  • Northview at Baker, 7 p.m.
  • Jay at Freeport, 7 p.m.
  • West Florida at Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
  • Pensacola at Pine Forest, 7:30 p.m.
  • Escambia at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
  • Arnold at Gulf Breeze, 7 p.m.
  • Pace At Milton, 7:30 p.m.
  • Niceville at Crestview, 7 p.m.
  • OPEN: Tate

ALABAMA

  • Bessemer Academy at Escambia Academy
  • Monroe County at Flomaton
  • W.S. Neal at T.R. Miller

Register Now: Major Leaguer Caleb Gindl To Hold Baseball Clinic

October 28, 2014

Northview Baseball and Major Leaguer Caleb Gindl of the Milwaukee Brewers will present a fall baseball clinic for ages 9-17. Participants will receive professional instruction and on the field experience while supporting the Northview Chiefs baseball program.

The clinic will be held Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Northview baseball complex. The cost is $40 per participant. Pre-register by November 1 for a free clinic t-shirt.

For more information or to register, call the Northview Diamond Club at (850) 554-8594.

Pictured: The Milwaukee Brewer’s Caleb Gindl hits during a baseball clinic last year at Northview High School in Bratt. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

High School Football District Standings, Schedules

October 27, 2014

Here is a look at local high school football district standings, scores from last week, and Friday night’s schedule for Florida schools:

NWE Senior Chiefs Beat Jay, Head To Escambia River Championship

October 26, 2014

The Northwest Escambia Senior Chiefs football team beat the Jay Royals Saturday night in Jay, 46-6.  With the win, the Senior Chiefs would play for the Escambia River Conference Championship at Tommy Weaver Memorial  Stadium at Northview High School on November 1. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Ash, Miller Top Williams Station Day 5K Winners

October 26, 2014

About 50 runners finished the Williams Station Day 5K Saturday morning in Atmore, including runners from the Northview High, West Florida High and Ernest Ward Middle school cross country teams.

Overall male winner was Alan Ash (pictured left) with  a time of 18:14. Over female winner was Lisa Miller (pictured right) with a time of 25:07.

For a NorthEscambia.com photo gallery, click here.

Results were as follows:

FEMALE RUNNERS

MALE RUNNERS

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

1A Northview Chiefs Battle To 35-28 Win Over 4A Walton

October 25, 2014

The 1A Northview Chiefs battled to a 35-28 win over the 4A Walton Braves of Defuniak Springs Friday night in Bratt – a battle between two teams headed into the playoffs in their respective classes.

“That was a great football game. That was two very good football teams competing at a high level with big plays back and forth,” Northview Coach Sid Wheatley said. “Their offense is explosive, and they’ve got a heck of a running back that is just so physical and hard to get on the ground.”

For a photo gallery, click here. (Band, cheerleading and dance team photos are coming Sunday or Monday.)

The Braves jumped out to an early 7-0 lead just 40 seconds into the game.  The Chiefs evened it out at 7-7 with 7:03 in the first with a 10-yard run from Keondrae Lett and a good kick from Chasen Freeman. Still in the first, with 1:54 on the board, Cameron Newsome added another Chiefs TD, 13-7.

With 6:48 in the second, Walton took a 14-13 lead, with Northview popping back on top 21-14 and carrying a lead into the half.

At 7:10 in the third, Lett added another Northview TD for a 28-14 lead over the Walton Braves , who answered with another touchdown two minutes later, 28-20 Northview on top.

After Walton tied it up 28-28, Northview took the lead at 35-28 with 55 seconds in third quarter on a Jacob Dunsford pass to Nick Lambert for a 77-yard touchdown. The Chiefs held on for the win with a scoreless fourth quarter.

“It’s a huge win, and hopefully it’s going to carry us over into next week,” Wheatley said.

Next Friday is shaping up to be the game of the regular season for the Chiefs as they travel Highway 4 take on the Baker Gators for the district championship. The Gators are rolling on an 18 game regular season winning streak, while Northview is 6-1 with their single loss against much larger 6A Choctawhatchee. Both NHS and BHS are 2-0 on the district.

“It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be exiting. Our kids are anxious,” Wheatley said. “I think our kids know exactly what is at stake. Some of these guys were here last year when Baker came over and beat us and won the district championship. What we’ve got to do is execute and not have turnovers. We need to just play clean football, but I believe we’ll be ready.”

For a photo gallery, click here. (Band, cheerleading and dance team photos are coming next week.)

Tate Blows Away Fort Walton Beach 56-20 (With Photo Gallery)

October 25, 2014

The Tate High Aggies blew past the Fort Walton Beach Vikings Friday night, 56-20.

Tate quarterback Sawyer Smith recorded 273 yards, including three touchdown passes. Reggie Payne caught nine passes for 100 yards plus a 46-yard touchdown pass. Smith also found Darren Lee and Bradley Trombly for second half  TDS’s.

Smith put the Aggies on the board with a one yard dive, plus Corey Moorer scored with a 25-yard run to give Tate a 14-0 lead in the fist quarter.

The Aggies (7-2, 1-1) will sit out next week before hosting the Escambia Gators for Tate Senior Night on November 7.

For a photo gallery, click here.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Keith Garrison, click to enlarge.

Friday Night Football Finals

October 25, 2014

Here’s a look at high school final schools from around the area tonight:

FLORIDA

  • Northview 35, Walton 28 [Read more...]
  • Tate 56, Fort Walton Beach 20 [Read more...]
  • Jay 64, Cottondale 36
  • West Florida 33, Arnold 7
  • Escambia 43, Pace 7
  • Milton 28, Pine Forest 26  OT
  • Baker 35, Franklin Co. 7
  • PHS 40, Washington 10
  • Catholic 56, Gulf Breeze 35

ALABAMA

  • Sweetwater 38, Flomaton 12
  • T.R. Miller 44, Excel 0
  • W.S. Neal 55, Southside Selma 8
  • Escambia County (Atmore) 42, Monroe County 30
  • Escambia Academy 41, Glenwood 0


Northview Chiefs Name Players Of The Week

October 23, 2014

The Northview Chiefs have named Players of the Week from last Friday night’s 43-9 away win over Freeport. They are:

OFFENSE
Keondrae Lett –14 carries, 216 yards, three touchdowns and one catch for 10 yards

DEFENSE
Toney Harrison – eight total tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack

SPECIAL TEAMS
Chasen Freeman — two good PAT, one field goal, 39 yards per punt, one punt downed inside 20

DOMINATOR
Everette Garvey — for a tackle on sideline
Hunter Cofield — for a block on TD run

Images courtesy WEAR 3 for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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