JAY — The Northview Chiefs did what it took Friday night as they defeated the Jay Royals 7-0 in a defensive District 1-A tilt.
Despite what has been a disappointing season, the Chiefs will host the Baker Gators on Oct. 30 for a winner-take-all game with the District 1-A title on the line.
Sid Wheatly was very proud of his Chiefs, but their season now boils down to one football game.
“It has been a difficult year for us,” Wheatly said. “I am not use to this, the kids are not use to this, and our community is certainly not use to this.
“This is all we could ask for this season is a chance to play at home for the district title.”
The lone touchdown in this battle came with 2:01 remaining in the first quarter when Gavin Grant scrambled 15 yards for the touchdown. Hunter Spence added the point after to make it 7-0.
The Chiefs’ offense maintained control of the football for most of the evening as they rushed for a combined 280 yards on 51 carries, but the Jay Royals defense would bend, but not break.
“I thought our offense executed well tonight, we just didn’t finish things off,” Wheatly said. “We had a lot of opportunities, but you have to take your hat off to the Jay defense.”
It looked like Jay had tied the game with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter when Royals quarterback Victor Mishoe found the end zone from five yards out.
Unfortunately, after Mishoe was in the end zone, Jay coach Kent Smith saw a yellow flag on the field as the Royals were flagged for a block in the back, thus taking the points off the board.
“I am very proud of how our guys played tonight,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, we have gotten a lot of penalties in situations like this all year, and I am tired of it.”
Jay would never pose another offensive threat for the remainder of the game and neither would Northview.
“I was expecting it to be a little more high scoring after what Jay did last week,” Wheatly said. “Jay has a great offense, but the defenses rose to the occasions tonight.
Toney Harrison led the Chiefs’ offensive attack as he rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries, while Jay’s Braden Cross was his equal on the other side of the ball with 91 yards on 23 carries.
Now with a 1-0 record in District 1-A, Wheatly and his Chiefs are focused on what mattered and is district play.