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Northview must re-focus after last week's victory

Thursday, October 2, 2003

One week after posting 'the biggest win in school history' on the gridiron versus 4A's top-ranked Vincennes last Saturday, the Knights refocus for a road trip to Clinton this Friday.

The South Vermillion Wildcats have had their ups and downs this season with a victory last week over Rockville 28-25 to move to 2-4 this season. However, there has also been a 70-13 debacle versus West Vigo, a 50-8 thumping by Greencastle and a 68-7 pasting by Brown County to open the year.

So the jury is still out on a remarkably young Wildcats squad that has more freshman (nine) than seniors (seven) on the roster.

Head coach Rene Foli has the pedigree for success, 23 years of head coaching experience (108-111), though this will be his last at the helm of the Wildcats. Foli is also the Athletic Director at South Vermillion.

South Vermillion is lead in the backfield by junior quarterback Todd Byram (6'2, 167) who has thrown for 398 yards in five games along with four touchdowns and three interceptions. His man in the backfield is sophomore Justin Vandivier (6'2, 206) who is averaging 114 yards per game through four contests. He also has three touchdowns.

Travis Capps (5'9, 147) has been the leading receiver with 13 catches and a pair of touchdowns.

On defense, sophomore Keith Monticello (5'9, 171) leads the tackle list with 43 total, including 36 solos.

For the Knights, (4-2 overall, 3-0 WIC) this is a game they can't overlook in preparation for their home game versus Class 3A No. 5 ranked West Vigo (6-0 overall) next week.

Northview is expected to win and can't suffer a letdown versus a squad that should be hungry to prove a point versus the Knights who beat them 40-0 last season.

Though South Vermillion is undermanned with just 33 players on their roster and no junior varsity or freshman squad, Northview must play focused regardless. A sloppy game on Friday won't do anything in their preparation for the Vikings.

The Knights should be able to work on their depth if they can get out front early versus the Wildcats (2-4 overall). Getting running backs Cory Grigsby and Kyle Nees time along with quarterback Aaron Bays could be valuable down the road.

But first things first. The Knights must stay focused and aggressive to get the lead and keep it with a minimum of mistakes. The Wildcats aren't one of the stronger teams in the Western Indiana Conference but it wasn't long ago that Northview was in the same boat. If the Knights come out ready to play, they should get the victory, but a lackadaisical performance could be costly.



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