Chiefs win second round of playoffs

Chiefs’ Kaden Odom (4) runs for a touchdown.

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Last Friday night, November 18, the Northview Chiefs defeated the Holmes County Blue Devils in the second round of the playoffs at home in Bratt. One step closer to the finish line, Northview will now advance to the regional championship, which will be played again at their home this Friday. The Chiefs are currently 11-0 and they will face the Chipley Tigers, also 11-0. This game will be one to remember as the two undefeated teams battle it out for a chance to make it to the league.
Early in the first quarter on Friday night, the Blue Devils received the ball. Ready to bring the Heat, the ball was flipped when Northview recovered a fumble. The Chiefs failed to score on their first possession, so the ball was handed back to the Blue Devils. They were quickly in the red and in the end scored a goal to make it 7-0. Chiefs quarterback Kaden Odom received the ball on kickoff and ran it all the way down the field into the end zone, scoring Northview’s first touchdown of the night. Brandon Ferguson’s extra point was good and it was 7-7.
Odom started the second quarter by running the ball into the end zone and another good kick put the Chiefs up 14-7. Ready to fight, the Blue Devils scored a goal. They wanted a 2-point conversion, but John Michael Ward intercepted them, keeping the Chiefs 14-13. Odom ran it into the endzone for the third time of the night, putting the Chiefs ahead 21-13, with the kick good. Holmes County got the ball back, but Northview’s DJ Lyons recovered from a fumble and re-delivered the ball to Northview. The Blue Devils got the ball back but failed to score. Jamarkus Jefferson let the ball in for the Chiefs and took the extra point to improve their score to 28-13.
In the third quarter, Northview had the ball first and Luke Bridges got a first down, but they failed to score. The Blue Devils got the ball back and scored a goal, bringing the score even closer at 28-19. Odom ran in for the Chiefs for the fourth and final time of the night, making it 34-19.
In the final quarter of the game, the Blue Devils scored, bringing the game’s final score to 34-26.
It was a close game for the Chiefs, but they still managed to come away with the win. They are currently the only team in Escambia County, Florida and Escambia County, Alabama still in the playoffs.
“I feel like we started slow and didn’t play our kind of football through the game,” Odom said. “I think bye week made us too comfortable. A win is a win and I’m proud of our team for fighting for it. It’s a one-game season right now and we have to win week in and week out!”
It’s been a stellar season for the Chiefs so far, and fans and coaches alike are excited to see where it goes as they approach the state. The entire community will be there this Friday night to support their chiefs. Don’t miss the clash between these two undefeated teams!


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