Cottondale on the road


Vernon has won seven games in a row.

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Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 20:31 PM.

VERNON — Bratt Northview ascended to heights last year that Vernon aspires to equal this year.

The Yellow Jackets will host Northview on Friday in a Region 1-1A semifinal football game that pits upstart Vernon against the defending Class 1A champions. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

In another Region 1-1A semifinal Friday night, Cottondale hits the road to play at undefeated Baker. That game also starts at 7:30 p.m.

Vernon coach Bobby Johns steered the Yellow Jackets to a District 2-1A title with seven straight victories following an 0-3 start. Vernon finished 4-0 in its district to guarantee a semifinal showdown at home against Northview, which finished second in District 1-1A with a 2-1 league mark and 3-6 record overall.

Northview features a dynamic receiver in Neino Robinson, whose brother, Neiko, now plays football at Penn State. The younger Robinson is a fleet-footed athlete who can get behind the defense in a hurry.

“Defensively we’ve got to find some way to slow down their skill kids,” Johns said. “Robinson … is an outstanding receiver. Their running back is a really good football player. They just do a good job spreading it out one play and then going with two tight foot-to-foot splits on the next play. We’ve got to be able to make those adjustments.”

Johns said his players will be challenged by a Chiefs team that features numerous players who were part of last year’s title-winning team.

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