Titan sophomore quarterback DJ Pearson fumbled the ball on Northview’s third play of the second half setting the Greyhounds up at the Titans’ 10-yard line. Pope quarterback Sam Yarborough needed one snap to find sophomore Carson Day in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
The Greyhounds’ defense took over from there.
“The defensive staff did a great job making some adjustments to try some more pressure on them, and the kids really responded giving us the short field and that really got the momentum rolling our way,” Pope coach Matt Kemper said.
Pope’s offense was fueled by a strong second half rushing performance led by Mason who finished with 108 yards on six carries with scoring runs of 11, 12 and 53 yards.
Junior Ronald Woods did most of the heavy lifting for the Pope running game carrying the ball 19 times for 187 yards and two scores.
“I saw a cut, found the hole and ran behind the big guys,” Woods said of his first score.
Woods gained all of the yardage on the Greyhounds opening possession running for 80 yards on three carries capping the drive with a 14-yard touchdown.
“I thought both backs played extremely well,” Kemper said. “They took care of the football which is number one, and both give us some explosion there and that’s the type of football we have to play.”
A young Northview squad gave Pope all they could handle in the first half. Pearson had touchdown passes of 21 and 8 yards, completing 17 of 25 passes for 168 yards all in the first half.
“DJ had a great first half,” Northview coach Chad Davenport said. “Every game for him is going to be a game in which he gets better. You saw in the first half what he has the potential to do, and we feel good about that.”
The Greyhounds will look to win three in a row when they host Cambridge next week at the Pope Multi-Sport Complex.