Chiefs pose stiff challenge for Gators

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 05:33 PM.

If the Gators are to punch their ticket to the playoffs with a win, they will do so against a Northview team (6-2, 2-0) that is one of the most explosive teams in the state in Class 1A football, averaging 43.5 points.

Only twice this year — in a 34-7 win over Walton and a 44-20 loss to Gulf Breeze — has Northview scored less than 40 points. The Chiefs outscored Jay and Freeport 104-14 in their two district wins.

Northview blanked Baker 34-0 last year and Brunson said the Chiefs would again present all several matchup problems for the Baker defense.

“They just have tall, athletic receivers that are rangy,” he said. “The quarterback will move the ball around and they catch it and make plays.

“We are going to be very challenged to cover them. And then, once they make a catch or two, we will be challenged to get them on the ground.”

When the Chiefs aren’t throwing the ball, they are equally adept at running it out of a variety of formations, Brunson said.

“Either way (passing or running), they are very explosive because the guys they are throwing it to or handing it to are very athletic,” he said.

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