High School Football
Chiefs force Vikings to settle for 4th in subregion
by Doug Gorman
PEACHTREE CITY-The Northgate Vikings' playoff hopes aren't over yet.
Northgate can still get in the playoffs as the fourth seed out of Region 4-AAAAA with a victory next week against Mundy's Mill. It's the second straight year Northgate and Mundy's Mill have played for the right to make the playoffs. Last season, the Vikings beat the Tigers 15-3 to earn their second straight trip to the playoffs.
They could have made it a lot easier on themselves Friday night, but McIntosh had other ideas, earning a 37-14 victory.
Whitewater's victory over Starr's Mill helped Northgate stay alive by keeping the Vikings in fourth place in the subregion.
The loss dropped Northgate's record to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in Region 4B-AAAAA. McIntosh improved to 7-2 and 2-2.
It was the ninth straight time the home team has won in the series.
Northgate hurt itself with six personal foul penalties and four turnovers.
'I was upset with all the personal fouls tonight,' Walburn said. 'That's just not what we are about, and that is one of the things I talked to the team about after the game.'
Northgate had a hard time stopping McIntosh running back Victor Nguyen, who scored three times and rushed for 106 yards.
Northgate appeared to get back in the game on its second series of the second half when it kept the ball nearly three minutes and marched 54 yards in nine plays. T.J. Womack carried the ball four times during the drive, converting a fourth and one to set up Benton Washington's 8-yard scamper to the end zone, cutting the lead to 16-14.
However, the Vikings' momentum didn't last long as McIntosh scored three straight touchdowns.
Mcintosh wasted little time answering Washington's score.
Quarterback Andrew Johnson completed an 18-yard screen pass to Josh Ange and a 22 yard completion to Bill Magill on back-to-back plays to start the drive. Nguyen capped the drive with the second of his three scores.
The senior running back scored one more time to highlight his 100-plus yard performance.
Trey Walters added one more trip to the end zone with just seconds left in the game to round out the Chiefs' scoring.
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PHOTO BY JEFFREY LEO
McIntosh running back Victor Nguyen, seen here trying to break away from a Northgate d efender, h ad t hree t ouchdowns f or t he C hiefs i na 3 7-14 v ictory o ver t he Vikings on Friday. McIntosh finished second in the subregion with the win and Northgate fourth heading into next week's region play-in game.
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McIntosh built a 16-7 lead at the half, scoring the game's first touchdown when Johnson led the Chiefs on a six-play, 77-yard drive.
The Chiefs' senior quarterback hit Sean Ingram on a 48-yard pass to start the scoring.
Af ter t he two te ams exchanged turnovers on the two series, the Chiefs took a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Northgate appeared to be in business late in the first half when Christian Gaston had his second interception in as many weeks, but three plays into the drive, McIntosh forced the first of two Vikings first-half turnovers.
The Chiefs took advantage of the short field, needing just four plays to find the end zone.
Johnson started the drive with 23-yard pass to Bill Magill down to the 12, but a defensive stand by Northgate forced Nick Alvey into a 17-yard field goal.
Less than four minutes later, the Vikings put together their best drive of the first half, marching 80 yards.
Rowland completed three passes during the drive, including a 35-yarder to Teasley. Two plays later, Rowland connected with Bo Zachary on a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Zachary and Rowland shared quarterback duties at the start of the season, but Zachary has found his role as one of the team's leading receivers.
The Vikings had one more chance late in the first half to put points on the board, but Rowland was intercepted by Josh Reynolds right before the break.
Johnson kept the Vikings' defense off-balance with his ability to connect on long passes, finishing the contest 9 of 17 for 171 yards, including a touchdown.
Rowland had his most productive night of the year passing the football, finishing six of 10 for 101 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the Vikings' loss.
T.J. Womack finished the contest with 65 on 14 carries. Teasley added 49 yards on eight carries and Washington 41 yards on 10 carries.
CHIEFS 37, VIKINGS 14 Northgate 0 7 7 0 -14 McIntosh 7 9 7 14-37 Scoring Summary First Quarter M-Andrew Johnson 48 pass to Sean Ingram (kick good), 5:46 Second Quarter M-Nick Alvey 17 kick 9:30 N-Tyler Rowland 35 pass to Bo Zachary (James Skalski kick), 5:11 M-Victor Nguyen 32 run (kick failed) 2:33 Third Quarter N-Benton Washington 8 run (Skalski kick), 3:15 M-Nguyen 5-run (Alvey kick), 59 Fourth Quarter M-Nguyen 27 run, (Alvey kick), 4:33 M-Trey Waters 8-run