Northview got a late score on a eight-yard touchdown run by Pearson with 2:59 left in the fourth quarter along with a subsequent two-point conversion by Matt Biondich got the Titans within four points of tying the score but the comeback fell short.
Northview (1-2) fell behind in the contest 14-0, giving up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Wolfe to Logan Carr in the first quarter and a one-yard TD run by Carr in the second quarter. However, Northview got on the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal by Eoin Green on the last play of the second quarter, cutting the Greyhounds (1-3) lead to 14-3, heading into halftime.
The Titans benefited from the mid-game break and a six-yard TD pass from Pearson to Connor Segraves cut Pope’s lead to 14-10 late in the third quarter. After another Pope touchdown, Northview once again stayed within striking distance on a 23-yard touchdown reception by Biondich, his second of the day, to make the score 21-16 in favor of the Greyhounds with 11:17 left in the fourth quarter.
Biondich finished the contest with a team-high 110 yards receiving, which gives the junior his third-consecutive game with more than 100 yards to start the 2013 season.
Senior linebacker Austin Antwine had another strong game for the Titans on defense, notching nine tackles in the loss. Joseph Macrina, Connor Owens, Devan Johnson and Matt Ferguson each had five or more tackles against Pope.
“It was a growing experience for us,” Northview head coach Chad Davenport said. “We played as well offensively as we have all year in the second half.”
The Titans will return to action on Friday at home against Riverwood. “This is a big game for us and a chance to show that we’re a better football team,” Davenport stated.