For a half, the Chiefs played with a top team. Eventually, the now 6-0 Northgate Vikings pulled away for a 39-7 win over McIntosh.
The Chiefs held their own against one of the region’s best teams. Northgate is winning games by an average of 45-3 after Friday. McIntosh looked every bit their equal for the first two quarters, hemming in a powerful running attack and allowing nothing through the air. While the offense had a tough time, the defense even lit up the scoreboard to make it 18-7 at halftime.
Northgate scored on their first drive, in spite of a pair of spectacular plays by safety Zach Anderson. Anderson sliced to the opposite sideline on one play, bringing down the Viking back for a two-yard loss. He later broke up a pass. The Vikings kept pushing, their quarterback, Kyle McLaren, shaking out of a sack for a 34-yard bomb. McLaren capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass.
McIntosh tried to respond on both sides of the ball. On Northgate’s second series, Robby Mustic chased down McLaren for a sack and a 21-yard loss to force a punt. Set up in good field position, the offense put together one of their best possessions. Bradley Ector rushed for 25 yards on the first play, but the series would stall. Parker Romo lined up for a 48-yard field goal, but the Vikings broke through to block it.
Daniel King recovered a fumble to squash Northgate’s next opportunity to end the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Ton Evans broke through the Chief defense for a 65-yard touchdown.
McIntosh drove into the red zone on the ensuing possession, spurred on by a 16-yard pass from Zach Sanders to the speedy Dane Kinamon. Sanders hit Ector for another first down, but an interception sent the ball back to the Vikings.
Matt Smith was the savior twice on the next series. Northgate broke a long run up the sideline, but Smith made a touchdown-saving tackle along the sideline. The Vikings slowly marched down into the red zone before he struck again. Smith scooped up a fumble and raced 90 yards to the house. Romo’s extra point pulled the Chiefs within 12-7.
Derek Bertke notched a tackle in the backfield on the defense’s next time out, but the Vikings bounced back with a long touchdown pass. Another failed two-point conversion made it 18-7 at the half.
As promising as the opening half was, the second half was just as disappointing. The first two possessions ended in turnovers as Northgate surged ahead to a 32-7 lead.
Daniel King came through with a big sack and Brandon McDowell ripped the ball away from a Viking receiver for an interception, but the offense just could not capitalize. Northgate finished the scoring on a 36-yard bomb on fourth and long deep in the fourth quarter.
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