-Northview faces rival Patriots next week -
For the second consecutive season, the Northview Knights will head into their week three matchup with 5A rival Terre Haute North on a two-game winning streak.
The Knights held Edgewood to just one first down over their first four possessions and by the time the Mustangs retrieved the ball for the fifth time, Northview was leading 24-0 in the second quarter.
In the meantime, Northview got a 23 yard touchdown gallop from Jamie Bays less than three minutes into the game, Matt Crooks had hammered home a 37-yard fieldgoal, Zach Sanabria had caught a nine-yard TD pass from Broc Miller and Chase Yocom had hauled in a 62-yard TD grab.
The Knights controlled the Mustangs on defense over that time, holding them to just 13 yards of offense and senior lineman, Neil Vanatti, had recovered a fumble and Bays had picked off a Rob Moynihan pass.
As expected, the Knights got a heavy dose of Edgewood back, Luke Arnold, who was held in check over those first few drives before the Mustangs took over at their own 24-yard line. A penalty took them back to their own eight-yard line before an aggressive Northview pass rush was negated when Moynihan lobbed a screen to Arnold who was able to break a tackle and get free and outrace the defense for a 92-yard TD run to make the score 24-6.
"We knew he was their horse," commented Northview coach George Gettle. "We knew if he did get away once he was gone. It was a nice run by him and a nice play call by Edgewood."
The Knights have a pretty good back of their own in Bays who ran for a solid 81 yards and a TD in the first half, a pretty good night for most running backs. He wasn't done however.
To open the second half, Northview halted the Mustangs on three plays and got the ball at their own 47-yard line. Miller found Devin Chamberlain for a seven yard gain and then ran for eight more yards himself before finding Zach Sanabria for an 11-yard pickup. On second-down-and-1, Bays got the handoff and burst up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown and a 31-6 Northview lead.
Bays would score his third touchdown on the game late in the period and essentially put the game out of reach when he took a handoff and sprinted through the defense for a 35-yard TD with 1:02 left in the third quarter. For the game, Bays made the most of his carries, getting the ball 12 times and rushing for 173 yards to go with the three scores.
Miller also had a big 51-yard run in the veer offense and gathered up 82 rushing yards of his own as the Knights carried for 276 rushing yards.
"Anytime you rush for more than 200 yards, your doing a great job," commented Gettle. "Obviously your line is creating some good holes."
Gettle saved some of his best praise for his linebacking crew that came in to relieve starters Dean Netzler and Aaron Bays who were forced to miss the game due to injury, but should return next week.
"We played with three (inexperienced) linebackers tonight. Tyler Coltharp played his butt off and both Cole Doyle and Chris and Albert Dean stepped up nicely," said Gettle.
The Knights will take their 2-0 mark into Friday's home game against a Patriots squad that will be chomping for a win following a loss to city rival, Terre Haute South, 24-21.