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December 7, 2012
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ORLANDO--Northview's first ever state title game appearance couldn't have gone any smoother.
Three interceptions and a block punt helped No. 4 ranked Northview (10-3) to a 21-0 halftime on its way to a 42-21 over No. 1 ranked Trenton (13-1) in the Class 1A state title game at the Citrus Bowl.
Northview converted Trenton's season high 5 turnovers, into 21 points and cruised to its first ever state title.
None were more costly than the block punt in the middle of the second quarter. Down 7-0, a 68-yard punt from Michael Smith was downed at the 1-yard line but officials ruled an illegal procedure penalty.
Instead of staring at the 1-yard line, the Chiefs forced Smith to punt again and made them pay for it.
Smith's ensuing punt was blocked by Arkelle Elliot and Chad Smith's 20-yard scoop and score put the Chiefs ahead 14-0 with 8:25 left in the first half.
Northview cruised from there and was never threatened extending to a 28 point lead in the third quarter.
Stephen Smith, who came in the game with four interceptions, threw three interceptions on the night, his second from Neino Robinson led to a LaDarius Thomas 2-yard run and 21-0 lead with 33.9 seconds before half.
Trenton appeared headed for a score before half driving inside the 30 but Smith's third and final interception was picked off at the 7-yard line with seven seconds left till half.
Cedric Stokes (192 yards on 35 carries), who went over the 2,000 yard mark, cut the lead to 21-7 early in the third with a 3-yard run.
With the Tigers gaining some momentum back, the Chiefs made sure it didn't last long.
Robinson fielded the ensuing kickoff at the 22-yard line and weaved his way through traffic untouched for a 78-yard kickoff return and 28-7 lead.
Hunter Parrish fumble two plays later, resulted in Brannon Freeman 28-yard touchdown run three plays later and 35-7 lead.
Breon Sims 1-yard run temporarily stopped the bleeding cutting the deficit to 35-14 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Kevin Vaughn's 6-yard run and ensuing PAT gave the Chiefs their biggest lead of the game at 42-14 lead with 8:29 left in the game.
Stokes capped the scoring with a 2-yard run with four minutes left cutting the lead to 42-21.
Neiko Robinson, Penn State commitment, picked off Smith at midfield on the third play of the game returned it to the 25 yard line. The Chiefs couldn't convert though as Freeman fumbled the ball back at the goal line.
Trenton drove inside the 15-yard line following the fumble but was stopped short on a fourth down pass in the end zone that sailed out of bounds.
LaMikal Kyles (113 yards on 12 carries) rumbled 58 yards down the right side line untouched for the game's first score a minute into the second quarter. The win helped end Northern Escambia County nearly 40 year drought of state titles.
Ironically the last state title to come out of that area came in 1978, when one of the two schools which merged to form Northview 17 years ago, Ernest Ward along with Century (1986 state runner-up) brought home the trophy.