Gators beat Northview to claim first district football title since 2001

Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 05:36 AM.

“Northview has a great football team,” Gator coach Matt Brunson said. “We had a great first half and the defense forced some turnovers and it was a great win for Baker.

“I’ve been a part of some great football teams and involved in some great football games, but none is sweeter than this one turning around the program and winning the first district championship in 12 years. This is awesome.”

The fans from the respective schools hadn’t even had a chance to find get seated before the Chiefs fumbled on their first play from scrimmage. Austin Martin pounced on the loose ball at the Northview 42.

Runs by D.J. Thomas netted 33 yards to set up a 25-yard field goal by senior kicker Malcom Griffith with 9:03 left in the first quarter.

The lead didn’t last long as the Chiefs marched 58 yards on six   plays to score. Ladarius Thomas capped the drive with a 21-yard run with 6:57 left in the quarter to give Northview its only lead of the game.

Baker was back in front for good 15 seconds later when Kodi Moen took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

The Chiefs came roaring right back as the passing tandem of Daulton Tullis to Neino Robinson took Northview to the Gator 10, but an interception by David Oglesby at the Gator 2 stopped the drive as Baker dodged a bullet.

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