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Northview football continues improvement on the field
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
October 16, 2013 11:12 AM | 1063 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff/Jeff Stanton<br>Northview quarterback DJ Pearson hands off to Nathan Phillips early in the first half against Pope.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
Northview quarterback DJ Pearson hands off to Nathan Phillips early in the first half against Pope.
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Coming into the 2013 campaign, the Northview football team sought to improve the program that has suffered lean years this past decade. However, with three victories this season, the Titans have already matched their win total from last season and one short of tying the most they’ve had in a year since 2007. Furthermore, Northview has placed itself in position to make the postseason for the first time in program history.

“We felt like this was going to be a good team and the guys have believed, stayed the course and adopted to our coaching really well,” head coach Chad Davenport said. “Our mindset has been to practice hard every day and the games will take care of themselves.”

The biggest improvement for the Titans has been the defensive unit, who under the guidance of coordinator Dan Owens, has allowed only 24 points per contest this season, which is in stark contrast to the 40 ppg given up in 2012. “We have a lot of guys back on defense from last year and have a system that guys believe in,” Davenport said. “Coach Owens have put guys in the right spot and moved them around. We’ve had the same game plan since the spring and our guys trust in.” The defense has been led by All-Region candidate, linebacker Austin Antwine, who has averaged nearly six tackles per contest.

The offense has continued its strong play, particularly in the passing attack where quarterback DJ Pearson and wide receiver Matt Biondich have formed one of the most lethal combinations in the state. Pearson has nine touchdown passes and averaged more than 300 yards per contest this season while Biondich has had 100 or more yards receiving in five games this season, including 202 against Creekview on Oct. 11. “DJ and I worked out a lot in the summer and we have a good connection on the field,” Biondich said.

The improved play of the Titans has been noticed by the community and players themselves. “The number of players we have on the team has gotten much bigger,” Davenport said. “The kids see that and feel like we’re a true program. We have an experienced group of players who have been playing since freshman year. Patience has been important in letting them develop over time and get experience.”

Northview will host North Springs this Friday.

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