Northgate dominates Western Beaver

By J.J. IGIMS

Two consecutive wins do not exactly qualify as a win streak, but don't tell that to Northgate fans, players or coaches.

After some lopsided losses earlier in the season to teams such as North Catholic and Chartiers Houston, that two-game win streak looks pretty good, as the Flames have stirred up the fire they hope will lead them to post-season play.

The Flames took on the Western Beaver Golden Beavers in a home match-up last Friday, with Northgate totally dominating their opponent, as the final 41-8 score indicates.

Notable players for Northgate included junior quarterback Stefon Adams and junior wide receiver Xavier Rousey, who connected for a total of four touchdowns. Rousey scored touchdowns -- and kicked the ensuing extra points -- on passes of 60, 15, 44 and 15 yards, and kicked the extra point when Adams went into the end zone on the final score, a 6-yard run. According to head coach T. J. Wiley, Adams has been battling back and forth with an ankle injury, but really showed he was back in good health and ready to go on Friday night.

However, the score doesn't tell the whole story. According to Wiley, although the team did not play to full potential, they nonetheless made big plays when they needed to.

"We did make some big plays when we needed them, especially in the passing game," Wiley said. "It came from our film breakdown. We saw some holes in defense and we felt we could exploit those holes and we did."

The defense made multiple fourth down stops, and junior wide receiver and cornerback Mike Allen took a fumble for a 96-yard touchdown.

Northgate defeated both OLSH---as expected--- and Brentwood---a surprise to some---in the two weeks leading up to last Friday's rout. And although the team may have been slow to put it all together in the opening games, Wiley states that his team has united over the past three weeks, and he feels motivated to finish out the season.

"We have really hit our stride as a team over the past three weeks. After two tough losses in weeks three and four, the kids have rallied around each other. We feel we have a really good team and I feel we have shown that over the past three games."

The team's win lifts them to 4-3 on the season, putting them in the situation of having to win out to make the playoffs.

Northgate faces Fort Cherry tonight and their neighbor rival, Avonworth, to close out the season. Wiley said that he and his players know what's at stake. "We put ourselves in this position and now we have to get ourselves out of it."