Interception returns costly for Northview Titans in narrow defeat




CANTON, Ga. – Northview quarterback D.J. Pearson passed for 362 yards and two touchdowns against likely sub-region champion Creekview last Friday night, Oct. 11, but the Grizzlies returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns to score a 35-28 victory over the visiting Titans.

Creekview, which is coached by former Chattahoochee head coach Terry Crowder, scored its first touchdown on an interception, and broke a 21-21 tie in the fourth quarter on a second interception return for a score.

Pearson, who completed 33 of 53 passes, connected with Matt Bionditch for 26 yards and a score to tie the game 7-7. Bionditch caught 12 passes from Pearson for 208 yards. Pearson directed two more touchdowns drives to counter Creekview TDs, with Nathan Phillips scoring both Northview touchdowns on short runs.

After the Grizzlies took a 35-21 lead, Phillips scored on a 20-yard pass from Pearson. Following a defensive stop, the Titans were driving for a possible tying touchdown but a penalty set them back. The Titans also had a chance to score late in the first half, but missed a field goal after driving inside the Creekview 10.

The Titans almost doubled Creekview’s offensive yardage, but as Northview coach Chad Davenport observed, “They had two big interceptions and ran them back for touchdowns, and that’s hard to overcome.

“We had two mistakes and they didn’t have any. We’re obviously disappointed, but I still think we’re pretty good. ”

Creekview is 2-0 in its 7-AAAAA sub-region, with both its victories over the Grizzlies’ two main challengers. Northview (1-1, 3-3) is at home Friday against North Springs (0-2, 1-5), with next week’s game at Sequoyah likely deciding second place in the sub-region.

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