Northview pulled away from North Forsyth in the second half on their way to a 26-9 victory in Johns Creek on Friday night.
“The difference was missed opportunities,” North head coach Jason Galt said. “We’re not a bad team, we just didn’t play well tonight.”
North (1-2, 1-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA) was stopped on fourth and short on their opening drive, giving Northview (3-0, 2-0) excellent field position for their first possession.
The Titans made quick work of the drive, going 39 yards on five plays, ending with a 9-yard touchdown run from Emeke Nwanze to go up 7-0.
The Raiders’ next drive showed some promise. They drove 79 yards on 12 plays, but were eventually stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. North finished 0-for-4 on fourth down for the game.
“The first time we went for it on fourth down I probably should’ve punted the ball,” Galt said. “But that’s the way I coach. We’re a power football team. If we can’t get two yards then there’s not a whole lot we can do.”
The second quarter saw some sloppy play from both sides. Four of the five second quarter possessions ended in interceptions, and three of those were by the Raiders. Quarterback Jacob Bailey threw two, and Cody Dwyer threw one on a halfback pass.
The one possession that didn’t end in an interception was when Northview’s Kyler McMichael caught a wide receiver screen pass and took it 92 yards for a touchdown, putting the Titans up 14-0 late in the second quarter.
On Northview’s opening possession of the second half, they faced a third and long. The Titans’ quarterback, Colton McDaniel, was looking for his intended receiver, but instead found North sophomore Clayton Bardell for his second interception of the game and he took it 31 yards for a Raider touchdown, cutting the deficit to 14-7.
“The d-line did a good job and got pressure,” Bardall said. “The quarterback started rolling out, the receiver ran a button hook, and he stared down the receiver and I jumped in front of it.”
But that was as good as it got for the Raiders.
Northview asserted their will in the second half, outgaining North 224-71 in the half, including 181-32 on the ground. The Titans finished the game with 427 yards of offense, while the Raiders managed just 207.
The Titans’ rushing attack was led by Nwanze, who finished with 27 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown, with 107 of those yards coming in the second half.
“They wore us down,” Galt said. “Our philosophy is to keep the other offense off the field. When we don’t capitalize it puts their offense back on the field.”
The Raiders’ running back tandem that combined for 234 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win was held in check in this game. Simon Holcomb finished with 64 yards on 13 carries, while Dwyer finished 73 yards on 20 carries.
“We gotta have more focus,” Galt said “I gotta do a better job of getting them prepared mentally. We just need to make plays. We gotta be able to get one yard, two yards, punch it in on the goal line. If we can’t do that, we’re not gonna win.”
Northview 26, North Forsyth 9
North Forsyth 0 0 9 0_9
Northview 7 7 6 6_26
N_ Nwanze 9 run (kick good), 7:28
N_McMichael 92 pass from McDaniel (kick good), 3:42
NF_ Bardall 31 interception return (kick good), 10:17
N_ Anderson 39 pass from McDaniel (kick no good), 6:00
NF_ Safety, 2:28
N_ Green 7 run (kick no good), 6:36