With a conference championship under their belts, the Northview football team was awarded seven spots on the WIC All-Conference team this year.
With an unbeaten WIC record this year, the 9-2 overall Knights received All-Conference honors for Brady Shoemaker, Jeremiah Allen, Zack Godsey, Michael Landry, TJ King, Cory Grigsby and Craig Trout.
The all-senior lineup led the way for the Knights to advance all the way to the sectional semifinals where they fell to 9-3 Greenwood. However, on the way, Northview registered a school record for victories in a season and earned their first conference championship as well.
"What a group of seniors," commented Northview coach George Gettle. "They were a big part of our three year process. They bought into our system and our offseason program and our success is a product of that. They'll be hard to replace, but it's the nature of the business."
One of the Knights strengths this season was their defense and most the All-WIC Knights were a big part of that success.
In six of the 11 contests this year, Northview allowed seven points or fewer and in nine wins they allowed just 7.6 ppg.
Up front, the Knights pressured opposing quarterbacks relentlessly with Godsey providing a team-high 10 sacks this year and Allen adding six for Northview.
The talented duo were a terror for opposing teams, providing a rare tandem of pass rushers that didn't allow signal callers a chance to settle into any sort of rhythm.
"By far this was Zack's (Godsey) best season," noted Gettle. "He really worked hard in the offseason and has become our biggest and strongest player and you can relate that to his offseason dedication."
Godsey also was Northview's leading rusher on offense, producing 1,034 yards and five touchdowns along with an average of 7.25 yards per carry. "He's only the second runner in Northview history to gain a 1,000 yards in a season," said Gettle of the 6'0, 210 pound senior.
Allen was also a big part of the success of the line on both sides of the ball for Northview.
The 5'10, 230 pound lineman was a big part of the pass rush along with run stopping for the Knights. "(Jeremiah) had an outstanding football season," said Gettle. "He really started to come on at the end of last year. He's a leader up front on both sides of the ball."
He also was also named to the 2004 All Valley Team on offense and Second Team on defense while Godsey was placed on the First Team All Valley Defensive Team and was Second Team on offense.
As part of a stifling defense, the Knights also boasted one of the Wabash Valley's strongest linebacking corps.
Cory Grigsby and Craig Trout provided powerful run support for a Northview squad that could list run stopping defenders as one of its strengths.
"(Cory) was Mr. Everything for us," said Gettle of the 5'3, 135 pound senior. "He led us in tackles and I don't know that he missed a down all year long. He's very fundamentally sound and he really made his reads on defense which gave him an extra step.
Grigsby had 63 solo and 37 assists on the season for the Knights to lead the team in tackles. "He did a tremendous job," noted Gettle. "I think I had more people complement him, to me, than anyone else on the team. Hopefully all of our younger kids will see that size isn't important, it's about how badly you want to play."
Trout will go down as one of Northview's most important leaders on defense. Though his statistics don't jump out, Gettle believes he was one of the Knights most important players. "Craig (Trout) did a tremendous job as a leader. He's a vocal leader and he's not afraid to call things as he sees them," mentioned Gettle. "He was our defensive leader. He's a guy that (Defensive Coordinator Dan Mikesell) relied on to call out a team's tendencies. He really became a coach on the field for us."
While things were being taking care of up front on defense by Allen, Godsey, Grigsby and Trout, Brady Shoemaker and Michael Landry were responsible for locking down a team's opposing receivers in the secondary.
The pair excelled at their jobs.
Shoemaker made the Associated Press 4A All-State First Team, First Team All-Big State Herald Times squad and the First Team Indiana Football Coaches' Association by leading the state in interceptions through the regular season.
With 10 interceptions over 11 games, Shoemaker earned notice from college coaches around the area and was a big part of the Knights' success. "(Shoemaker) is one of the best kids I've been around since I've been here," noted Gettle. "He's just got a knack for being around the ball. He's a playmaker. He's just fun to watch and to coach."
Landry was also a key to the Knights' success on both sides of the ball. From his defensive prowess in the secondary to his team-leading 41 receptions. He averaged more than 15 yards per catch and hauled in six touchdown catches, tied for the team-high. He teamed with King, who also had six touchdown catches, to provide a pair of talented weapons for sophomore quarterback Broc Miller.
"I think you'd be hard pressed to find two receivers with over 100 career catches," said Gettle. "They became a duo that caused a lot of problems for teams. Hopefully our younger guys can see what they accomplished and blossom from their experience."
Gettle also was honored by being named the Western Indiana Conference Coach of the Year and was selected as the Coach of the Year in the Wabash Valley (24 High Schools in Indiana and Illinois) and was appointed to be the Head Coach of the North All-Star Team in a game to be played June 25 at Rose Hulman.
With 16 seniors on this year's roster, the class was represented well with the Knight's seven All-WIC players. With 23 juniors on this year's varsity roster, this year's seniors provided an excellent example of the success that can be accomplished through dedication and belief in the Northview system.