Bloomington -- The Northview Knights expected to show a stronger running game and a much improved defense Friday night in their opening high school football game against the Bloomington North Cougars. They did not live up to expectations.
The Bloomington North Cougars held Northview to 61 yards rushing, while rolling up 409 yards of total offense in a 40-6 non-conference victory.
So what happened?
"How many turnovers did we have? Six? That's all? There you have it," Northview Coach George Gettle said.
"I'm extremely disappointed in every aspect of our football team."
Northview lost three fumbles and Bloomington North picked off three Logan Whitman passes. The Cougars scored on four of the six turnovers.
The Knights couldn't stop the Cougars' single-wing offense on the ground or in the air. Dequincy Morris rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Anthony Lindsey completed 13-of-21 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Andrean McCoy pulled in four passes for 119 yards and touchdowns of 23 and 74 yards and Ben Wilcoxon caught six passes for 86 yards and touchdowns of 11 and 17 yards.
"They didn't do anything we didn't prepare for," Gettle said.
The Knights' poor showing shocked Gettle. After a strong showing in the scrimmage last week and a good week practice, the second-year coach thought the Knights were ready to break out.
"Even some of my best players had that deer-in-the-headlights look," Gettle said.
Gettle said Bloomington North's defensive front was too quick for Northview's offensive line. "Defense wise, we just didn't execute," Gettle said.
The Knights turned the ball over three times in the opening quarter and the Cougars scored on two of them for a 14-0 lead.
Three plays after recovering a Northview fumble, Bloomington's Morris scored on a two-yard run. Jordan Enzinger kicked the point after.
Four minutes later intercepted a Whitman pass to set up the Cougars second touchdown. On fourth down an one foot to go, Morris ran a trap play straight up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown.
BN made it 21-0 in the second period with a 10-play, 64-yard drive. Ben Wilcoxon caught a 17-yard pass from Lindsey in the end zone for third touchdown of the game.
Down 21-0, Northview got on the scoreboard wit 29.3 seconds left in the second quarter. With the aid of a roughing penalty, the Knights reached the 4-yard line and on third and goal, Whitman scrambled into the end zone for the Knights' first touchdown of the year.
The Knights opened the second half with an 11-play drive, but it stalled at the Cougars' 39-yard line and Aaron Bays punted the ball away. Four plays later BN scored again, as Andrean McCoy pulled in a Lindsey pass and raced 74 yards for the score.
The Cougars took a 28-6 lead into the fourth quarter and Northview never put together another drive.
Northview (0-1) will try to rebound next Friday night in a Western Indiana Conference home game against the Edgewood Mustangs.