By REID TUCKER
Freeport asserted their claim to the top position of the District 1-A football standings with a decisive 27-13 win over the powerhouse Northview Chiefs.
The game’s already-high stakes were upped by the fact that both the Bulldogs and Chiefs had matching 4-0 district records going into their Oct. 15 matchup and both were similarly down one game apiece in outside-district play. It appeared as though the contest was quickly shaping into a kind of headlong collision and whichever squad wanted to emerge the victor would have to battle to keep an untarnished record. But appearances can be deceiving.
Though Northview jumped to an early 7-0 lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter, the Dogs rolled on 27 straight unanswered points while simultaneously halting the Chiefs’ several advances until the last seconds of the game when the visiting team scored one last touchdown for a final score of 27-13. Freeport’s scoring streak came via two touchdown passes from Dakota Davis while David Wesson and Paul Holmes each ran the ball to the end zone. Jordan Varner also went three-for-three when it came to kicking extra points, rounding out the Bulldog’s scorecard.
Davis completed 4-out-of-13 passes for 134 yards (his Northview counterpart, LaMikal Kyles, achieved identical passing yardage with eight completions for 18 attempts). Caleb McCormick caught three of Davis’ passes for 85 yards. The Bulldogs’ top three rushers were Holmes (with 17 carries for 54 yards), Wesson (five carries for 50 yards) and Brandon Head (five carries for 36 yards) while the defense allowed 130 total yards, mostly in the last minutes of the fourth quarter.
Freeport coach Jim Anderson was expecting a lot stiffer resistance from the Cheifs, who he said were likely gunning for the Dogs after a dominating 41-12 win on Northview’s home turf last season.
“They’ve probably had us circled on the schedule since last year,” Anderson said. “They had a great team that night, but we went up there and got on them early. This year it was the exact opposite since they scored first on us. Our offensive line is what enabled us to get back in the game. They were really strong tonight and I’m proud of them.”
Northview’s offense looked set to make a big impact of its own when Brandon Sheets completed a stellar 66-yard pass to Dustin Yuhasz halfway through the first quarter, which, combined with an extra point, gave the Chiefs that early lead. The Bulldogs were having none of it, as Davis hit team mate Nick Ellington with a 49-yard touchdown (though they came up no-joy on the ensuing conversion attempt) to make the score 7-6 going into the second quarter.
Right out of the gate, the Bulldog defense forced Northview to turn the ball over on downs on the Chiefs’ own 32, from when Wesson forced his way to third-and-goal on the 10-yard line. Caleb McCormick caught an 11-yard pass from Davis with 10:11 left in the quarter to score a second time for Freeport. The Chiefs had the ball stripped from them on the 49-yard on their next possession, allowing Holmes to make a short gain into Northview territory, which was followed by two consecutive first downs by Brandon Head. Wesson then got his own chance to score when he made an incredible 26-yard run, shucking three Northview defenders on his way to the end zone….
Read the full story in the October 21, 2010 edition of the Herald Breeze.