The Northview Wildcats and Forest Hills Northern Huskies played an incredible OK White battle on Friday night. It was a back-and-forth battle with lead changes and a ton of offense. In the end, Northview escaped with a 35-31 victory.
Midway through the first quarter, FHN struck first. Luke Silvernale booted a successful 22-yard field goal for the Huskies. Northview would respond with a late first quarter touchdown by Da’Torian Roberts of 7 yards. Kevin Landers would extend the Wildcats’ lead to 9-3 with his 24-yard field goal kick.
The Huskies would respond in the second quarter to jump ahead. They blocked a punt, and Chris Arrington scooped up the football and returned it to the end zone. Silvernale’s extra point put them ahead by one. Travis Myers gave the Huskies an eight point lead at the break, 17-9, with his 4-yard touchdown run.
Northview would climb back within two points when Roberts powered across the goal line from two yards out. The Wildcats aired it out and were left with an unsuccessful two-point try. In the final seconds of the third quarter, FHN scored on a 8-yard touchdown pass from Travis Myers to Jamie Le. This gave the Huskies a 24-15 advantage.
Three minutes into the final frame, Northview scored a touchdown. Matt Toole connected with Jalen Charity on a 10-yard strike. At the midway point of the fourth, Toole used his legs to push the Wildcats in front. He reeled off a 37-yard quarterback keeper, crossing the goal line to push the tally to 28-24 in favor of Northview.
FHN would score with 58 seconds to play in this game, retaking the lead. Travis Myers kept the football, and he ran ten yards into the end zone. Luke Silvernale’s extra point gave the Huskies a 31-28 lead.
Northview had time for one last drive, and they capitalized. Matt Toole found an open Jalen Charity, and 25 yards later, he was in the end zone with the game-winning touchdown and only 14 seconds on the clock.
Travis Myers finished 14/22 for 160 yards for FHN. He added 81 rushing yards on 16 carries. Luke Silvernale was the Huskies’ leading receiver with 79 yards.
Northview was led by Matt Toole, who was 14/21 for 189 yards. He also led the team with 12 carries and 84 yards. Jalen Charity paced the receiving core with 84 yards.
The Wildcats are now 3-1 after their victory. They will take on Byron Center next Friday. FHN, now 1-3 in 2021, will look to bounce back in their next matchup against East Grand Rapids.