Northview too strong for Gators

Baker football

Baker quarterback Adam Crowson found it tough running against a tough Northview defense Friday night.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 02:22 AM.

BAKER — A talent Northview football team had too much fire for Baker as the Chiefs rolled to a 40-6 District 1-1A win over the Gators on Friday before a Senior Night crowd at Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium.

The win gave Northview the district championship and eliminated Baker from the playoff hunt..

Before the game Gator coach Matt Brunson predicted the only hope Baker (5-4, 1-2) had was to control the clock and the offense become the best defense by keeping the high-flying Chief offense away from the football.

Baker converted on five fourth-down attempts in the first half as the Gators ran 39 plays to 18 for Northview.

Aided by holding call that negated a Northview touchdown, Baker held the Chiefs without a first down on Northview’s firs possession of the game.

The Gators took over at their own 19-yard line following the Chief punt and marched the ball to the Northview 14 with D.J. Thomas doing most of the work on the 15-play drive. Twice the Gators converted on fourth down play to keep the drive alive – the first time on a fake punt as Gator punter Kodi Nixon hit Richard Stroheker with a  28-yard pass, and a second time on a 7-yard run by quarterback Adam Crowson, but the Gators came up empty as they approached the end zone and the Chiefs took control of the ball.

Northview took over on the Baker 21 and was immediately called for an illegal procedure penalty.

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