ELLETSVILLE -- Simple football arithmetic says that stifling defense + balanced offense + winning the turnover battle = a 'W' in the win column.
On Friday night the Knights passed their most recent math test with flying colors, the result, their first 2-0 start in more than 10 years.
Northview rolled up nearly 300 yards of total offense in the first half while their first team defense put the clamps on Edgewood to the tune of a 38-6 thrashing on the Mustangs home field.
"We came out to prove to ourselves that we have the same offense we did last year," Northview coach George Gettle said afterwards.
One week after throwing the ball very conservatively against Bloomington North, sophomore quarterback Broc Miller proved very capable in throwing for 115 first half yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter that effectively put the game out of reach for Edgewood. Miller completed 80 percent of his passes (12-of-14), seven of them to All-State wide receiver Michael Landry who picked up 80 yards and two scores.
Meanwhile the Northview defense allowed just three first half yards to Edgewood who found it nearly impossible to throw or run on the Knights.
Junior tailback Luke Arnold ran 10 times in the first half for negative yardage and quarterback Scott Pederson was intercepted twice as part of a one-for-12 passing night.
The Knights wasted little time in getting on the board after forcing a three-and-out possession by Edgewood on the opening drive.
Following one of many nice punt returns by Jamie Bays, the Knights got started on the Mustang 17-yard line where Eric Rissler ran once for five yards before Miller completed a nine yard pass to Landry which led to a three yard TD run by Rissler. After the Matt Crooks extra point the Knights were ahead just two minutes into the game.
The Mustangs did manage one first down on their next possession but punted following a pair of incomplete passes to set up the Knights on their own 36-yard line.
Miller would complete passes to T.J. King (14 and 8 yards) and Landry (13 yards) to march into Mustang territory where Rissler and Zach Godsey took over at running back.
The pair alternated carries to set up first and goal at the seven yard line where Miller passed to Craig Trout who was stopped at the one-yard line. Despite a pair of procedure penalties sandwiched around a Rissler' five yard run, the Knights would still score the touchdown on a six-yard pass to Landry and a 14-0 lead.
"I was really happy with our quarterback (Miller) and our offensive line tonight," said Gettle. "Our offensive line is mostly seniors who've had the benefit of being in there for three years. They are a real cohesive unit and we're counting on these guys this year."
In the second quarter, the Knights really got going as their defense forced two three-and-out series, got an interception from Brady Shoemaker and Jacob Reece and ended the half with a sack by Neil Vanatti and Dane Upperman.
The resulting stops gave Northview excellent field position and led to another Miller to Landry hookup, this one for a seven-yard TD and a 21-0 lead.
On their next possession, following Shoemaker's interception, Godsey romped around the leftside and down the sideline for a 67-yard TD run, part of his 117 yard night on just six carries. Reece's interception on the next Edgewood possession led to Rissler's second TD of the night, a one yard run to end the half.
The Knights would get a third quarter fieldgoal from Brock Crooks from 39-yards out that ended the scoring for Northview.
Despite a late TD allowed by the Knights' second team defense, Northview still allowed fewer than 100 yards gained, factor in penalty yardage and Edgewood had just 64 total yards.
"Defense wins championships," Gettle noted after the game. "I think we finally figured it out -- maybe," he cautioned.
The Knights will take their 2-0 overall mark, including 1-0 in the WIC into next Friday's tilt with rival Terre Haute North.
Northview 38, Edgewood 6
NV -- Rissler three-yard run, (M.Crooks kick good), 9:58
NV -- Miller six yard pass to Landry, (M.Crooks kick good), 2:08
NV -- Miller seven yard pass to Landry, (M.Crooks kick good), 7:39
NV -- Godsey 67-yard run, (M.Crooks kick good), 4:55
NV -- Rissler one-yard run, (M.Crooks kick good), :21.7
NV -- B.Crooks 39-yard field goal, 9:25
EW -- Arnold nine yard run (kick failed), 8:00
Rushing -- Northview 34-254 (Godsey 6-117, Rissler 15-59, Miller 4-47, Bays 2-19, Clancy 4-11, Allen 1-1, Sanabria 2-(-6). Edgewood (30-99): Arnold 20-67, DeVallance 3-35, Pederson 6-(-3), Campbell 1-0.
Passing -- Northview (13-15 121 yds): Miller 12-15 115 yards, 1 Int. 2 TD, Sanabria 1-1-0 6 yards. Edgewood (1-12 -2 yards yds) Pederson 1-12 -2 yards, 2 Int. 0 TD.
Receiving -- Northview: Landry 7-80, King 3-26, Shoemaker 1-7, Rissler 1-6, Trout 1-6. Edgewood: Murphy 1-(-2).