TERRE HAUTE -- Northview's hopes for a 3-0 mark to open the season barely even got off the ground in Friday night's game before Terre Haute North rudely slammed them back to Earth.
The Patriots pinned the Knights on their one-yard line on Northview's opening position and blocked the ensuing punt barely five minutes into the game. LaShawn Tyler fell on the ball for a touchdown to give North a 7-0 lead at the 7:22 mark of the first quarter.
Then things really got bad for the Knights.
Nine turnovers, including four interceptions and four lost fumbles, one each returned for touchdowns resulted in a 51-0 loss to Terre Haute North.
"It really snowballed on us," said Northview coach George Gettle. "When they punted and pinned us down on the one-yard line, they were really able to pin their ears back and things just didn't get any better."
The Knights remained close in the game, trailing just 7-0 into the second quarter before the Patriots started really capitalizing on the Northview mistakes.
On their own 29-yard line, a Northview fumble was scooped up by Tyler and returned for a score and on the Knights next possession, a Broc Miller pass was picked off by Chase Bauer and returned to the Knight's nine-yard line. Dan Millington would score on a two-yard run and a 21-0 lead with 5:31 left in the half.
The Knights got just one play into their next drive when another fumble was recovered by Bauer. Two plays later, quarterback Jeff Dodson scored on a 14-yard run and the Patriots were suddenly ahead 28-0.
Even worse, the Knights fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give the ball right back to the Patriots on the Northview 30-yard line.
However, Aaron Bays made a nice play on a reception by Patrick Hancewicz who was stripped of the ball. Bays recovered in midair to save another possible score for the Patriots.
The Knights were unable to capitalize on a 23 yard run by Zach Godsey and punted the ball back to North who would end the half with a 36-yard fieldgoal by Drew Oehler and a 31-0 lead.
In the second half the Knights put together a couple of promising drives through the air as Miller completed five passes on Northview's second drive of the third quarter before Bauer intercepted a pass and returned it 90-yards for another score and effectively turning out the lights on the Knights' hopes.
Zach Sanabria came in and completed two of his first three passes before another interception ended a Northview drive and the Patriots kicked a pair of fourth quarter fieldgoals to finish the scoring.
"We're not too worried about it," said Gettle. "We're not going to beat anybody with that many turnovers. Football is a game of adversity and you can't let all the bad stuff get you down. We've got another big game next week with Sullivan and we're going back home. The kids understand it's a 10-week season. I think this will make us stronger."