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Gridiron battle set between Knights and Patriots tonight

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Owen Valley Patriots come to town on Friday night for what, once more, could be the determining contest for a Western Indiana Conference crown for either team.

Both teams come in to this week's game with unblemished conference marks, (OV - 3-0), (NV - 2-0) with the Patriots boasting a 4-0 mark overall and Northview sporting just one loss at 3-1.

Neither team should need much reason to be jacked up for this one as Owen Valley long had a strangle hold on their WIC opponents until Northview won the last two years, including a 24-6 win last season

The Patriots bring a balanced offensive attack to the table lead by senior running back Wayne Bush.

Bush, a 1,000 yard rusher last season, has continued the Owen Valley tradition of strong running backs, following in the footsteps of Chris Spillman and Scott DeFord.

Though he's not overly big (5'10, 175lb.), Bush has been a workhorse this season, running for 680 yards in four games at a clip of more than eight yards per carry. He's also scored six touchdowns with teammate Jake Feltner (30 carries, 142 yards) next with four.

While Bush has torched most opposing teams, the Knights have had his number to some degree, holding him to just 59 yards last year and to 82 in 2003. However, Bush needed 26 carries to get his yardage two years ago during a 40-6 romp by the Knights.

The Knights have a featured back of their own in the elusive Jamie Bays who has compiled 426 yards in just 38 carries (11.2 ypc.) to go with seven touchdowns. Broc Miller has run for 235 yards and four touchdowns for Northview.

The passing game has been up and down at times for Northview but was on display during the first half last week versus Sullivan.

Miller completed 10-of-19 passes for 158 yards to three different receivers.

Jared Maners, Owen Valley's signal caller, throws enough to keep defenses honest.

He completed a season-high eight passes two weeks ago against South Vermillion, throwing for 157 yards and has six touchdowns. He averages 13 passes per contest.

The Knights have gotten some big performances from their defensive line in recent weeks as Neil Vanatti, Joe Evinger and Tyler Coltharp have made some key plays. They'll need some of the same along with some strong play from linebackers to keep Owen Valley's rushing attack in check once more.

Both squads will be fired up for this one with the Knights getting a nice boost from an always wild home crowd. This one's a key contest with Vincennes Lincoln coming for a visit next week. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

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