Northview and Edgewood began their seasons in distinctly different ways on Friday night with the Knights romping to a 57-18 victory over Salem and the Mustangs suffering a 38-7 defeat to Bedford North Lawrence.
This week the Knights open their home football season and will try and start another home winning streak after Greenwood ended a four game streak in last year's sectional semifinal.
The Knights are currently on a three-game winning streak versus the Mustangs after earning a 38-6 win last year.
"It looks like in their second year with their new coach they are getting more comfortable with their offense and defense," commented Northview coach George Gettle. "Luke Arnold is their workhorse and is the fastest kid in the WIC."
Arnold indeed has the credentials to back up that claim after winning the conference title in the 100 and 200 meters during last year's track season. Northview's Jamie Bays and Devin Chamberlain got a good look at Arnold in the 100 meter race as well with the two both finishing in the top-five.
In last week's contest versus the Stars, Arnold piled up 138 yards on just 12 carries and added a touchdown. The senior tailback was the main component of a 152 yard rushing night for Edgewood.
Northview will have some new faces on the defense in key spots to limit Arnold's range.
"We're a bit behind the 8-ball," commented Gettle. "Dean Netzler hasn't been cleared by his doctor to play this weekend and Aaron Bays has missed a couple of days of school with illness. He might be able to punt on Friday but that's it," said Gettle.
Those pair are key linebackers for the Knights and will be sorely missed so Northview will be charged with moving some younger players into fill their spots.
While the running game is an obvious strength for Edgewood, the Knights also have some talent in the backfield.
"Jamie Bays ran the ball well last week," noted Gettle. "He's by far the fastest kid we've had in the backfield as far as getting to the hole."
Bays ran for 121 yards last week in seven carries as Northview rang up 271 total yards on the ground at 10.33 yards per carry and six touchdowns. Brian Walden is still a bit dinged up after taking a helmet to the knee last week but Albert Dean and Jimmy Clancy both showed some good running ability last week.
A lot of the credit for the Knights rushing attack can be attributed to a strong push from the offensive line according to Gettle. "Our offensive line played pretty well last week. We did a good job on some of their double team schemes. I was pretty impressed by our rushing offense."
The Knights still have some kinks to work out in the passing game with several new receivers getting time on the field. Devin Chamberlain caught four passes for 74 yards and Broc Miller spread his throws around to four receivers as part of his 10 completion night.
"Our passing game still needs some work," said Gettle. "I love our quarterback and my receivers, but we've still got some things to improve upon."
Edgewood's Rob Moynihan is the quarterback for the Mustangs and completed four of his nine passes last week for 29 yards and Arnold caught two of the passes.
The Knights hope their defense can keep winning the turnover battle that they began last week by taking the ball away five times versus the Lions. Northview recovered four fumbles in the game and intercepted one pass.
Meanwhile, Northview did not turn the ball over once in the game. "I felt good that we did get those turnovers," said Gettle. "Salem's miscues really hindered them. Turnovers are the name of the game."
Friday's game at Northview will be the place to be with a Jonah Fish Fry taking place in the high school cafeteria beginning at 4 p.m until game time and a hospital sponsored fair in the parking lot leading up to gametime at 7:30 p.m.