With a capacity and raucous crowd on hand for Homecoming on Friday night, Northview's offense provided the fireworks in a 48-7 thumping of visiting South Vermillion. The victory tied the school record for victories in a season with six and more importantly sends the Knights into next Saturday night's game at the RCA Dome with an unbeaten WIC record at 4-0.
From the opening snap the Knights relied on the strong arm of sophomore quarterback Broc Miller as Northview used a no-huddle offense to march the ball 56 yards, all through the air for touchdown to T.J. King just 2:09 into the game.
"The team has a lot of confidence in Broc (Miller)," commented coach George Gettle afterwards. "We've got a lot of weapons on this team and we wanted to get everyone involved. I think we proved tonight that if you stack eight in the box that we can go over the top on you."
And go over the top is exactly what Miller did as Northview proved the first drive was no fluke with another air assault on their second drive after Jamie Bays intercepted a Todd Byram pass.
Miller would take the Knights 55 yards on five-of-six passing culminating with a nine-yard pass to King and a 13-0 lead for the Knights.
The Wildcats would respond with an 11-yard run by Byram that was setup by an interception of a Miller pass, but the mistakes were few for the Knights' offense on Friday night.
Miller would score one on his own on a 21-yard quarterback keeper with 6:23 remaining in the half for a 20-7 Northview lead and then hookup with King again, this time on a five yard score setup by a Craig Trout fumble recovery.
King would prove to be Miller's favorite receiver on Friday night, hauling in 12 passes for 149 yards and four first half touchdown receptions. Miller would go through the air for more than 200 first half yards and end up with 324 yards and six touchdowns along with one rushing score.
"We have a lot of good athletes on this team," said Gettle. "Tonight we sort of wanted to share the wealth. We want people to understand that we're multi-dimensional."
Against a tough option attack from South Vermillion that put up nearly 50 points in a three overtime contest versus West Vigo, the Northview defense clamped down to allow just 40 second half yards on the ground and force six fumbles in the game, three of them that were recovered by the Knights. Cory Grigsby got his second interception of the season and Brady Shoemaker caught a touchdown pass and recovered a fumble. Mike Waggle also got a second half fumble recovery for the Knights.
"This is all about the kids," noted Gettle of a program that has gone from a total of eight wins in the four years before he took over the reigns to a current 6-1 mark with a titanic battle with the Vikings in the RCA Dome next Saturday night.
"We've got a lot of community support," Gettle mentioned. "We've come a long way, but we've got a long way to go. I'm very proud of these kids. Tying the school record for wins is good, but we're more motivated to break it."
Nv -- Miller seven yard pass to King (kick blocked), 9:51
Nv -- Miller nine yard pass to King (kick good), 3:17
SV -- Byram 11-yard run (kick good), :08.7
Nv -- Miller 21-yard run (kick good), 6:23
Nv -- Miller five yard pass to King (kick good), 5:40
Nv -- Miller 35-yard pass to King (kick good), 3:14
Nv -- Miller eight yard pass to Trout (kick good), 0:00
Nv -- Miller 10-yard pass to Shoemaker (kick good),
Rushing -- Northview (12-63): Godsey 5-39, Rissler 1-2, Miller 2-27 TD, Grigsby 2-2, Sanabria 2-(-7). S.Vermillion (45-131): Vandivier 12-46, T.Byram 6-31 TD, Lubovich 14-40, Milan 2-11, Monticello 5-6, Bush 3-(-3).
Passing -- Northview (25-29 330 yards, 3 Int. 6 TD): Miller 24-36 324 yards, 6 TD, Sanabria 1-3 6 yards). S.Vermillion (0-5 0 yds, 2 Int.) Byram 0-2 0 yards, 2 Int., Milam 0-3 0 yards.
Receiving -- Northview: King 12-149 4 TD, Landry 5-65, Shoemaker 2-14 TD, Trout 1-8 TD, Godsey 1-15, Rissler 1-43, Chamberlain 1-24, Yocom 1-6, Netzler 1-5. S.Vermillion: None.