Northview's players salute their fans after a 43-10 victory over rival West Vigo in the RCA Dome on Saturday night. The win registered a school record for victories in a season with seven and put the Knights in sole possession of the WIC lead.
By CAREY FOX
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the RCA Dome, fans are used to seeing a team put up a lot of points and on Saturday night Northview's fans weren't disappointed.
Sophomore quarterback Broc Miller used his arm and his legs to participate in five Knights' touchdowns and Northview romped to a 43-10 victory over West Vigo.
"We were trying to get our QB (Miller) into the game," said Gettle. "Broc has been running the ball well for us lately."
The Knights took the opening kickoff and proved that they were ready to play as Miller ran four times for 56 yards on the drive that culminated in a two-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game.
The Vikings would respond however with a drive of their own that was aided by a 15 yard Northview penalty and ended with a 30 yard Kyle Capicik fieldgoal that narrowed the Northview lead to 6-3. The Knights answered the Vikings' field goal with one of their own as Matt Crooks kicked one from 27 yards heading into the second quarter.
The Northview defense forced the first turnover of the game and in the process set themselves up with excellent field position as Jeremiah Allen recovered a West Vigo fumble. The recovery allowed the Knights to set up shop at the Vikings' 23 yard line.
Miller wasted little time in hooking up with Michael Landry on the third play of the series with a 17 yard touchdown pass that boosted the advantage to 16-3 heading into halftime.
With momentum in their favor heading into the locker room, the Knights did nothing to hurt that starting the third quarter as linebacker Cory Grigsby stepped in front of a Cogan Keith pass on the second play of the half and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the quarter.
With the Knights stifling the Viking running attack for much of the game, West Vigo resorted to a bit of trickery on their next drive.
Northview forced a fourth-and-short situation on the Viking 32-yard line. West Vigo faked the punt and Robbie Hoole broke through for a 68 yard touchdown run that briefly swung the momentum to the Vikings who trailed 23-10 heading into the final period.
However, the Knights would dominate the remainder of the game as Jamie Bays intercepted a pass heading into the fourth quarter and Miller would hook up with T.J. King for a 55-yard touchdown on the first play of the quarter to re-establish the Knights' three touchdown lead.
The Knights' forced a three-and-out series from the reeling Vikings who punted to Bays and watched him return the kick 71 yards to the two yard line where Miller found Craig Trout for another score.
"Jamie (Bays) had a big game for us with an interception and some nice returns," said Gettle. "Hats off to him and hats off to our whole defense."
On the Vikings' next series, faced with a third down and 20 situation, Grigsby again came up with an interception, the fourth West Vigo turnover of the day. Landry would haul in the final touchdown of the day on a 27 yard pass from Miller.
Miller accounted for 89 yards on 13 carries and passed for 143 yards as well to go with five total touchdowns for a Northview squad that, while excited about the win, were thinking of a friend.
"We're playing with a heavy heart," said Gettle after the game, speaking about the late Andrew Griffin who would have been a junior on this year's Northview squad. "We have a No. 43 on this team. He was not on our sideline, but he was with us today, and after the game I looked up at the scoreboard and saw 43."
The Knights (7-1 overall, 5-0 in the WIC) are in sole possession of first place in the Western Indiana Conference after the victory that surpassed the previous school record for wins in a season. Northview will face Brown County at home on Senior Night this Friday night.