After a tough start for 2013 against three teams from Class AAAAAA, the offensive line finally had a chance to take control of a game.
Coach Matt Kemper said it was a pleasant sight.
“Our guys have had some pretty tall tasks,” he said. “I was pleased most at the end when we had to have yards and we were able to get yards, I’m proud of that.”
Pope ran out the last 3 minutes of the game with an 8-play drive for that picked up a first down and allowed them to run out the clock. The Greyhounds ran for 145 yards on the night.
It was a good thing, as after trailing 14-3 at the half, Northview quarterback D.J. Pearson found his rhythm.
Pearson threw touchdown passes of 23 and 5 yards, and added an 8-yard touchdown run to pull the Titans close late.
Pope quarterback Taylor Wolf was also effective, escaping pressure and making big throws on his way to completing 15 of 38 passes for 145 yards.
Logan Carr was
Wolf’s go-to receiver for most of the night. Carr caught two touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown right before halftime. For the night, Carr accounted for 93 total yards on 15 touches.
“We have kids who have to do multiple things,” Kemper said about Carr. “That’s the kind of kids we’ve got and we’re blessed to have those kids.”
After Pope jumped out to a 14-0 lead, the Titans drove the length of the field in the final minute of the second quarter. Northview got to the Greyhounds’ 1-yard line before Pope’s Keegan Phipps shot into the Titans’ backfield and tackled the ball carrier for a 10-yard loss.
That play forced Northview to settle for a field goal and squashed any momentum the Titans had hoped to carry into the second half.