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Knights try to return to win column vs. Arrows

Friday, September 9, 2005

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Matt Crooks drills a field goal earlier this year as Zach Sanabria holds. Crooks has a 37-yard field goal this year.

Coming into tonight's road trip to Sullivan, Northview will be looking to extend one streak and end another as they visit the Arrows.

The Knights hope to extend a three-game winning streak over the Arrows that included a 31-6 victory at home last year. What they hope to end is their one game losing streak that they picked up following a loss to rival Terre Haute North last weekend.

Sullivan comes in with a 1-2 mark after falling to both Linton and South Knox while defeating North Daviess.

The Arrows rely heavily on their run having kept the ball on the ground for 11 carries while throwing just 25 times with quarterback Ethan Wright (6'0, 170).

Caleb Owings (5'10, 190) has been Sullivan's bread and butter so far this season with 19 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He's got a long carry of 71 yards this season, but averages just 59 yards per game. The senior shares time with Dustin Rogers who has ran the ball 17 times for 77 yards. Rogers can be considered a change of pace back at 5'10, 232 pounds he is the bruiser of the backfield. Freshman Gene Bradford has made the most of his three carries, running one of them for 55 yards and a score.

As for a passing game, Sullivan has completed 13-of-25 tosses for 25 yards and three touchdowns but has been picked off four times. Bedwell has been the main target with eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Bedwell and Owings provide just as much punch for Sullivan, leading the team in tackles with 21 and 20 respectively. Adam Smith also has contributed to 20 tackles for the Arrows.

On the other sideline, the Knights will be ready to get back on track after a disappointing loss to the Patriots.

Turnovers were the biggest problem for the Knights with a couple of key fumbles changing the momentum of the game in a 34-13 decision.

The Northview lines should be a big component in how this game plays out. After facing a very sizable and experienced Patriots line, the Knights face a smaller school that will struggle to bring as much size and strength into play. With Jamie Bays and Broc Miller geared up for another big game, the horses up front will need to pave the way and open some holes.

Owings has some quickness so Northview will need to keep him from getting to the corner which will come to a certain degree from the play of their linebackers who need to redirect the plays inside where the big guys can get their mitts on the Arrows backs. If Sullivan is forced to the air, then a playmaking secondary will be prepared for the Knights.

The Knights have been able to spread the ball around in the passing game which will be important as well. Northview's biggest advantage against smaller schools could be five receivers who have all made some plays this year. Five different wideouts have four or more catches.

The Arrows will be hard pressed to matchup physically with a sizable Northview front. Add in that Northview is ready to prove a point after last week and Sullivan has their hands full in this tilt.



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