Nick Alvey tallied a first half hat trick in McIntosh’s 6-1 win over Gainesville.
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
As their opponents get better, the McIntosh Chiefs seem to keep getting stronger. The Chiefs dismantled the Gainesville Red Elephants in a 6-1 victory on Friday night.
Coming into the game, it looked like it would be a tight battle. McIntosh had everything they could handle in the early stages, before they started to click.
"Gainesville is a great team. The first ten or fifteen minutes they really took it to us," said McIntosh coach Bunky Colvin. "We had to take it to the next level and we did. We really did."
Once the scoring started flowing, it didn't let up, especially from Nick Alvey. Alvey piled up a first half hat trick, burying Gainesville before they could even get to the locker room to regroup.
"I think Nick Alvey had the best game I've seen him play since the state championship game last year," said Colvin.
There was plenty left in the tank. Didrik Cooper-Seip made it a four goal game. Then Adam Sheikali sliced up the defense for two goals in seven minutes.
"Sheikali showed why he was nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year," said Colvin. "He was great tonight."
Gainesville would tack on a late goal, but the damage was already done.
McIntosh, now 20-0-0, heads into the Final Four where they faced Greenbrier on the road on Tuesday night.
The McIntosh Lady Chiefs took care of business on their end, going on the road and beating the Northview Titans 1-0.
It took time to get on the board, but one score was all the Chiefs would need. After controlling the tempo all day, McIntosh broke through late in the second half when Martha Trimbach set up Jackie Gray for the winning goal.
McIntosh Marcia Clark came away very pleased with her team's performance as they took care of business against a strong team on the road.
The Chiefs will be on the road again in the Final Four, but much closer to home. McIntosh plays at Northgate today at 6 p.m. in a highly anticipated rematch. Last year Northgate shocked McIntosh in the Final Four en route to their own title, ending the Chiefs hopes for a three peat. McIntosh won their earlier meeting this season 1-0.
The rematch has been looming as their shared region was again the finest in the state. Last year's Final Four all came in region and the top three teams in the AAAAA rankings are again from the same (Starr's Mill rounding out the trio). The three teams were so tight during the season that they ended in a tie to finish the regular season (Starr's Mill got the top seed and will face Pope in the Final Four). Tensions will be high and the anticipation will be palpable for this one. McIntosh will be aiming for revenge and another shot at a state title.