NORTHVIEW 34, RIVERWOOD 32: Titans score victory with 1 second to play



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Northview Titans pulled out their second last-minute victory of the season, scoring with one second on the clock for a 34-32 victory over visiting Riverwood last Friday night, Sept. 27.

Devan Johnson, who scored the winning touchdown with a little more than 30 seconds to play against Lambert two weeks earlier, fought his way into the end zone from 2 yards out against Riverwood, stretching his arms out to extend the football across the goal line.

The Titans (2-2) led 28-14 at halftime, but the Raiders (3-2) scored the first three touchdowns of the second half to take a 32-28 lead, missing a PAT kick and failing twice on two-point attempts.

Northview’s first attempt to regain the lead in the final period was stopped after the Titans mounted a modest drive. But they got the ball back in Riverwood territory with 1:45 to play after a poor snap on a punt by the Raiders.

An interference penalty against Riverwood put the Titans 2 yards from the end zone, and Johnson fought his way in for the winning score, capping Northview’s big offensive night.

The Titans finished with 459 yards total offense, 256 through the air and 203 on the ground, the best balance the team has displayed this season.

“We played as good in the first quarter-and-a-half as we’ve played all year,” Northview coach Chad Davenport said.

The Titans jumped out to a 14-0 lead and still led by two touchdowns at the half, but Davenport said the Raiders broke several long plays to take the lead and the momentum.

Northview quarterback D.J. Pearson passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a 7-yard run. He passed 5 yards to Matt Biondich for one touchdown, with Nathan Phillips taking a screen pass 41 yards for a score. Phillips led Northview with seven receptions for 76 yards and also rushed for more than 80 yards, including a 6-yarder for a score.

“That was a great win for us,” said Davenport. “We finally pulled one out like that.”

All four Northview games have gone to the wire this season, with the four decided by a total of 14 points.

“We could be 4-0,” said Davenport, with the two last-minute wins also keeping the Titans from a 0-4 start.

The Titans open 7-AAAAA sub-region play at home Friday night against Cambridge (1-3), which is coming off its biggest win in two seasons of varsity football. The Bears won 41-32 last week over Pope, a team that beat the Titans 28-24 two weeks ago.

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