One week after a disappointing loss to Bloomington North, the Northview Knights showed what they are capable of in a 41-12 drubbing of Edgewood on Friday night.
The Knights got off to a slow start in the game after their initial possession ended in a punt.
Edgewood's Chris Robinson broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run on the Mustang's first series that gave them a quick 6-0 advantage. But the Knights didn't hang their heads as they struck back quickly after Edgewood fumbled a punt and Northview's Kyle Nees pounced on the loose ball.
Northview quarterback Logan Whitman began an ongoing theme on the evening as he scampered around end for a 15-yard touchdown on the series' second play. The score was knotted after the extra point kick failed.
The Knight's defense began to emerge in the contest as senior defensive end Craig Greenwood nailed Mustang QB Jake Burch on third down for a sack and a six yard loss. The ensuing punt gave the Knights the ball back on their own 45-yard line where the offense took over again.
A Whitman pass to T.J. King and an 11-yard run by Kyle Nees helped set up another touchdown run by Whitman, one of four on the night.
After another Mustang punt, Whitman wasted little time in putting Northview up 21-6 as he took another trip towards the sideline and ran 65-yards to paydirt once again. Whitman would ring up 155 rushing yards on just 10 carries in the game. "Logan (Whitman) did a really good job of running the veer in the first half," commented Northview coach George Gettle. "It's our base run and our quarterback has to get in the alleys to be effective. He did that well in the first half tonight."
Michael Landry added Northview's fourth touchdown of the first half with 4:39 remaining in the half. His 17-yard reception from Whitman in the back of the endzone gave the Knights a 28-6 lead before a fumble return by the Mustangs, with just one second on the clock, got them within 28-12 at the break.
While offense was the showcase in the first half for Northview, the defense definitely took center stage after halftime.
After allowing 144 total yards in the first half, the Knights stifled Edgewood's running attack in the second half.
Northview's Greenwood followed his first half sack with a fumble recovery on the Mustang's third play from scrimmage in the third quarter. The fumble, one of five on the night for Edgewood, gave Northview the ball on the Mustang 25-yard line. From there, Whitman scored from nine yards out just 1:24 into the third period.
The Knights got the ball back on a punt and moved the ball down to the Edgewood one-yard line as Cory Grigsby powered for a 19-yard run and Greenwood hauled in a 23-yard pass on third-and-goal from the 24-yard line. Grigsby however was stopped on fourth down from the one-yard line, returning the ball to Edgewood.
Northview stood tall on defense, nearly gaining a safety on the first play, but forcing a punt. The Knights were called for a penalty on the kick, giving Edgewood a first down at their own 20. Their were unable to capitalize after a fumble left them back on their own 12-yard line.
A fourth quarter fumble recovery by Austin Staley would set up Northview's final score, a three-yard burst by Kyle Nees that gave the Knights a chance to bring their second-string in for some work.
All told, the Northview defense allowed an unofficial total of just 18 yards in the second half while delivering some punishing blows.
"Our kids bonded this week," said Gettle. "They knew that they had to get better after last week and though we saw some mistakes, the kids did a good job tonight."
Northview will remain at home for next week's contest versus Terre Haute North beginning at 7:30 p.m.