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Northeast shuts out Rossview

Varsity vs Rossview HS on 10/16/2009
Posted Saturday, October 17, 2009 by George Robinson

October 17, 2009

Northeast shuts out Rossview


CLARKSVILLE -- Playing on a muddy field after days of rain both Northeast and Rossview had trouble staying on their feet but in the end it was the Eagles that were left standing, knocking off Rossview, 13-0, in a crucial District 10-AAA football game.

Northeast (5-3, 4-2) escaped after barely breaking 100 total yards for the game. The Eagles used a tough defense to push back Rossview (5-3, 3-3).

“I told our kids that it’s almost impossible to figure out the Z-Plan so what we’re going to do is worry about the W-Plan,” Northeast Coach Bryan Johnson said of the new playoff system. “Wins. If we take care of our business and our business only, then we’ll be OK. We feel like we have a good enough team to get to the playoffs and it’s a matter of winning games. (Friday night) we won our game.”

Rossview hadn’t been shut out all season, but the Hawks potent offense could not overcome poor field conditions. The Hawks managed just 134 total yards and had only 75 yards by halftime while a pair of interceptions in the second half killed drives. The Hawks finished with three for the game.

“It came down to big plays,” Rossview Coach Brian Bell said. “We make those big plays instead of Northeast and we win. Now we just have to regroup and figure out a way to win our last two ballgames.”

The loss severely hampers Rossview’s playoff chances in 6A. It and Dickson County are the only two from the district that advance to 6A and the Cougars (6-3, 5-2) look to be headed toward that automatic berth.

Rossview plays Clarksville next week before wrapping up the regular season against former No. 1-ranked Henry County. If the Hawks can win out, it may have a shot as a wild card.

“That’s what we have to hope for,” Bell said. “Anything is still possible in this new football format.”

Trailing 13-0 late in the third quarter, the Hawks used seven plays to get to Northeast’s 3. But from there, Rossview went backward. Its next four plays resulted in either negative yards or no gain as Northeast’s defense held on fourth down.

The Eagles had a tougher time in the first half than Rossview. Northeast finished with just 24 yards by intermission and scored off a blocked punt that Shawn Williams returned 26 yards for a touchdown with 3:15 left to give it a 7-0 halftime lead.

The second half opened up with Keith Whitaker’s 41-yard burst up the middle for a touchdown, but Northeast’s extra point failed as it held on to a 13-0 lead. The Eagles’ punting continued to be an ordeal. Northeast muffed three punts but managed to kick the ball out of danger each time.

The Eagles would finish with 118 total yards.

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