The Northside Vikings used the right arm of senior quarterback Chris Ozene and a stifling defense to catapult them to a 28-0 District 5-4A win over the Cecilia Bulldogs on Friday night.
“This is definitely our most complete effort of the year, and hopefully it’s something we can build on,” Northside coach Trev Faulk said. “I’m really proud of the team, and the way they came out and performed. We had a great week of practice this week, and it was really good to see the guys come out and play the way that they practiced.”
Northside scored on the first possession of the game, going on an 8-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off on a 6-yard pass from Ozene to Delquan Logan, making it 7-0 at the 9:52 mark of the initial period.
The Vikings extended that lead to 14-0 at the 7:10 mark of the second quarter when Ozene connected with Clarence Kelly on an 18-yard pass play, making it 14-0, which is how the first half scoring ended.
The Vikings scored on their first possession of the second half, on their very first play, as Ozene teamed up with Shakeir Ryan, on a 66-yard touchdown pass, extending their lead to 21-0 at the 7:16 mark of the third quarter.
Ozene threw his fourth and final touchdown pass of the game at the 6:30 mark of the fourth quarter, when he hit Ryan with a 9-yard strike, to put the game out of reach.
Ozene ended the night with over 250 passing yards, to go along with the four touchdown throws.
“This is by far his best effort of the season,” Faulk said of his quarterback. “He kind of had some growing pains early in the season, with him learning a new system, and going through some things. Hopefully, this will be a big confidence boost to him, and he can play the rest of the year the way he did tonight.”
The Northside defense, who had only allowed four touchdowns in their last three games, was even better tonight, tossing their first shutout of the season.
“Our kids just responded really well,” Faulk said. “We had a tough, tough loss to LaGrange last week (14-7), and I’m really proud of they way the came to practice on Monday, and that carried over into Tuesday, through the week, and into tonight.”
Northside is now 3-3 and 1-0.
“The biggest thing for us is to develop consistency, both offensively and defensively,” Faulk said. “We have a stiff test next week when we take on St. Thomas More, and we’re going to have to get even better in all areas of the game”