TOP: Albert Dean makes a move, looking for an opening on a run during last week's Edgewood game.
BOTTOM: Zach Sanabria hauls in a pass from Broc Miller in a win against Edgewood.
- Knights set to kickoff vs. Patriots, 7:30 p.m. -
The Northview football Knights will test themselves against their biggest measuring stick of the year on Friday night when they square off with rival Terre Haute North.
The Knights have a bit of a bone to pick with the Patriots after falling to the Patriots 51-0 in a game where simply everything that could go wrong, went horribly wrong for the Knights. The loss was one of just two in the whole season for Northview and retribution is certainly on the minds of the host squad.
Northview will be seeking their first victory in the series since 1996 when they downed North by a 12-7 score in the midst of a five-game winning streak. Since then however, the Knights have lost the past seven games.
Snapping that streak is certainly on the minds of a Northview squad who comes into the game with a 2-0 record like last season, but with a decidedly different lineup.
Jamie Bays has led the Northview attack this season with an average of nearly 150 yards per game on the ground to go with five touchdowns on just 19 carries per contest. He's currently averaging more than 15 yards per carry. He'll likely be rejoined in the backfield by Brian Walden who missed the last game due to injury.
Quarterback Broc Miller is also a threat to run with the Knights veer option, picking up 112 yards on 21 carries this year with a long run of 51 yards coming last week versus Edgewood.
Miller has also completed 50 percent of his throws this season and has spread out his passes to five different receivers. Devin Chamberlain leads with six catches followed by Chase Yocom with five.
The Knights ability to throw will be a very key component to Friday's contest as North sports a very sizable front line that includes Daniel Watson (6'1, 267), tackles Kyle Dean (6'4, 300), Jerry Hancock (6'4, 327) along with end, Derek Guggenberger (6'1, 205).
Experience is certainly in the Patriots favor with 35 seniors on the roster.
One of those that Northview will have to contain is running back Josh Phegley (5'10, 200) who has big play potential and has a complement in senior fullback Dan Millington (6'2, 240). The pair will keep the Northview linebackers on their toes. The Knights will need to keep the Patriot runners inside the tackles as much as possible and need big games from their lineman on both sides of the ball.
The Patriots have scored 51 or more points in four of the past five games against the Knights so containing the big plays is the key to Northview.
Keep North close and make a couple of big plays and the Knights could have a good shot at winning a very important game.