The Northview Knights bounced back from their first loss of the high school football season with an impressive 31-6 victory over the visiting Sullivan Golden Arrows on Friday night.
The Knights overcame a sloppy start with a well balanced offense and a dominating defense to move to 2-0 in the WIC.
"The thing I'm most proud about is we rebounded and responded from last week. I really didn't have any doubt we would do that, but I'm very pleased with the kids tonight," Northview Coach George Gettle said.
"[Sullivan's] a good ball club, they were 3-0 coming in, they had lots of confidence. We stuck to our game plan and executed for the most part and it was a very well rounded offensive game."
Led by emerging sophomore quarterback Brock Miller, the Knights racked up 467 yards of total offense. Miller completed 12-20 passes with one interception for 169 yards and ran for another 94, including touchdowns of 15 and 20 yards.
"I'm trying to bring my sophomore quarterback along slowly. So the more game experience he gets, the more he's going to be intricate in the offense," Gettle said.
Northview rolled up 298 yards rushing, led by Zach Godsey with 141, including 84 yards on the final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter. And Miller's favorite target was Michael Landry, who caught eight passes for 116 yards.
But the Knights dominated on defense too. Sullivan entered the contest with quarterback Evan Hamilton averaging 175 yards per game rushing and had 10 touchdowns to his credit. Northview limited Hamilton to 34 yards on nine carries.
The Knights intercepted four of Hamilton's 10 passes, Brady Shoemaker making three of those picks.
"Brady is awesome. He played unbelieveable last week and better htis week. Brady Shoemaker is a football player," Gettle said.
The loss dropped Sullivan to 3-1 for the season and 0-1 in the conference. "Too many blown opportunities and [Northview's] a good football team. [Northview] is a big step up in competition," Sullivan Coach Otto Clements said.
After combining for four turnovers in the first quarter, the two teams combined for four scores in the second. Northview scored the first two touchdowns of the game and led 17-6 at halftime.
On the opening play of the second period, Northview's Brock Miller capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive by running around the right end for a 15-yard touchdown play. Matt Crooks kicked the PAT.
Sullivan managed just eight yards on three plays against Northview's defense. the Knights then put together an eight-play, 62 yard scoring drive. Halfback Eric Rissler scored on a 10-yard run run.
Sullivan capitalized on Northview's second fumble and third turnover of the first half, the Golden Arrows' Dustin Rogers recovering the fumble at the Knights' 25-yard line. Six plays later, Caleb Owings scored on an eight-yard run.
Matt Crooks capped the first half scoring, kicking a 23-yard field goal to give Northview a 17-6 halftime lead.
On the second play of the third period, Northview's Cory Grigsby intercepted a Hamilton pass to set up the Knights' third touchdown. Miller rolled left and completed a 10-yard pass to Landry for a first down to the Sullivan 20-yard line, and on the next play rolled right for a 20-yard touchdown run.
Shoemaker's third interception of the night set up Northview's final score in the fourth period. ON the second snap, Zach Godsey ran 84 yards straight ahead for the touchdown.
Sullivan at Northview
N -- Brock Miller 15 yard run (Matt Crooks kick).
N -- Eric Rissler 10 yard run (M. Crooks kick).
S -- Caleb Owings 8 yard run (run failed).
N -- M. Crooks 23-yard field goal.
N -- B. Miller 20 yard run (M. Crooks kick).
N -- Zach Godsey 84 yard run (M. Crooks kick).
Rushing -- Sullivan: Hamilton 9-34, Owings 16-50, Rogers 6-12, Hoffner 0-7. Northview: Godsey 12-141, Miller 11-94, Rissler 12-55, Trout 1-(-1), Shoemaker 1-7, A. Bays 1-2.
Passing -- Sullivan: Hamilton 4-10-4--26. Northview: Miller 12-20-1--169.
Receiving -- Sullivan: Weaver 2-11, Owings 1-10, Wilson 1-5; Northview: Landry 8-116, Shoemaker 3-43, King 1-10.
Next game -- Next Friday, Northview (3-1, 2-0 in WIC) travels to Owen Valley and Sullivan (3-1, 0-1 in WIC) plays at Edgewood.