High school football ----- Northview 42, Sidney Lanier 14: Poets silenced in season opener

High school football ----- Northview 42, Sidney Lanier 14: Poets silenced in season opener

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High school football ----- Northview 42, Sidney Lanier 14: Poets silenced in season opener

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The Sidney Lanier Poets started about as hot as a team could in their season opener against Northview on Thursday, but things got cold fast.
After a bold onsides-kick call to start the game, the Poets scored a touchdown just five plays into the 2013 season.
Northview fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Lanier took over at the Cougars’ 30-yard line. But the Poets couldn’t capitalize on the good field position and turned it over on downs.
Then things got ugly.
“We started off great, but we took the first touchdown as a sign that we were going to win the rest of the game, but we still have to capitalize,” Lanier quarterback Deandre Bibb said.
The next six possessions for Lanier all ended with turnovers. And a 29-point halftime deficit turned in to a 42-14 loss to start the season.
After jumping up 6-0, the Poets couldn’t seem to hold on to the ball.
First, an intentional grounding call in the end zone resulted in a safety. The next series, Bibb threw a red-zone interception that Northview’s Michael Reynolds returned to the 4- yard line.
Then it was a fumble, another fumble, a botched kick return and another fumble.
Before they knew it, the Poets were down 35-6 at the half.
“That’s the part about being able to stay focused. We played the first quarter great, but we have to be able to get ourselves together and turnovers killed us,” Lanier coach C.J Harris said. “It wasn’t the fact that we couldn’t move the football, we moved the football all night, but we have to be able to put the football in once we move it.
“It’s not physical. Physically, we can play with anybody. But mentally, we have to get our mindset changed. Without the mind, the body is going to fall every time.”
Lanier bounced back and showed some fight in the third quarter, though both teams were scoreless. Deiontre Surls intercepted Northview quarterback Benjamin Swicord to halt a Cougars drive and steal some momentum back.
But it was too little too late.
Northview was able to control the final quarter and run out the clock, leaving Lanier with a sour taste in their mouth after a highly-anticipated season opener against the team Harris coached last year.
Despite the poor start, the Poets still plan to turn some heads as the Harris era has final started.
“We have to go back to practice on Monday and finish,” Bibb said. “We’re just going to put this game behind us. We didn’t get a jamboree game, so we’ll just consider this our jamboree game and go from there.”
Bibb went 17-for-29 for 158 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Poets running back Floyd Wright had 44 yards on 13 carries and wide receiver Tristian Buyck had eight catches for 99 yards.

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