JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – After playing four straight games that were decided by four points or fewer, the Northview Titans finally enjoyed a relative breather last Friday night, Oct. 4, at home against Cambridge.
The Titans scored a 34-17 victory over a much-improved Cambridge team, which turned in another competitive effort in the Bears’ second season of varsity football. The game was the 7-AAAAA sub-region opener for both teams.
Cambridge rallied from a 14-0 deficit to close within 14-10 at halftime before a wild final two periods that included several momentum swings, mainly as a result of turnovers and big plays.
The Titans (3-2) went 57 yards in six plays to go ahead 21-10, scoring on a 6-yard run by Devan Johnson after consecutive completions from D.J. Pearson to Connor Segraves for 37 yards.
Northview, which utilized short kickoffs throughout the game, recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Cambridge 34 and quickly drove to the Bears’ 3. But Johnson fumbled into the end zone for a touchback, giving the ball back to Cambridge (1-4).
The Bears’ J.D. White broke loose for 60 yards, with a penalty putting the ball on the Northview 10. Moore scored on the next play to pull the Bears within 21-17, but the Titans came right back with a 69-yard scoring drive.
Pearson hit Matt Biondich for 27 yards to the Cambridge 8, and Nathan Phillips went in from the 4 two plays later to put the Titans ahead 28-17.
White again got loose for 38 yards to the Northview 10, but Moore fumbled on the next play, one of five turnovers by the Bears in the second half.
The Titans scored the clinching touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a 30-yard pass from Pearson to Biondich.
Pearson passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, raising his season totals to 1,442 yards through five games. Biondich had five receptions for 174 yards and two TDs, the first coming on a perfectly thrown deep ball from Pearson that Biondich caught in stride for 87 yards and a score on the Titans’ first series.
The Titans also picked up 173 yards on the ground, with Phillips gaining 142 yards on 31 carries. Phillips scored once and Johnson, the team’s short yardage back, added two rushing touchdowns.
“It’s never easy,” Northview coach Chad Davenport said. “They’re so much better than they were last year, bur we’re a better team, too.”
White rushed for 133 yards on 12 attempts for the Bears, but the Northview defense did a good job containing Moore, who accounted for 415 yards total offense in a 41-32 win the previous week over Pope, a team that defeated the Titans earlier this season.
Moore connected on consecutive passes of 45 yards to Hunter Smith and 15 yards to John Hurst to set up his 1-yard sneak for a touchdown in the second period, but had just 75 yards passing the rest of the game with three interceptions.
“We’re so much better in the secondary,” said Davenport, who was pleased with the overall play of the Northview defense.
The Titans play a key sub-region Friday at Creekview (1-0, 3-2), which is coached by former Chattahoochee head coach Terry Crowder.
Cambridge is at home Friday against Forsyth Central (1-0, 1-4).