However for the final three quarters things looked considerably different to fans who have seen each team's first four games.
With their running game going nowhere, Bush gained just 25 yards on 13 carries in the game, the Patriots were forced to air it out, trailing big, early.
Quarterback Jared Maners went to the air a remarkable 58 times, completing 25 for 326 yards in the game that lasted more than three hours.
Much like their previous three wins this year, the Knights jumped on their opponent early.
Northview received the opening kick and went to the air on first down with Jared Timm hauling in a 17-yard pass from Broc Miller. Jamie Bays did much of the rest of the work, picking up an eight yard gain, followed by one yard on the ground before breaking free for a 20-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the contest.
The Knights defense would force the Patriots to go four plays and out and punt from their own 37-yard line.
Taking over at the their own 41-yard line, the Knights struck quickly on a 62-yard pass from Bays, who took a short pass from Miller and cutback through the Patriots defense to go the distance for a 13-0 Northview lead just over five minutes into the game.
Northview would halt the Patriot offense in three plays once more, allowing 40 yards in the first period, 26 of those on one play, and take over once again after a punt.
The Patriots would fail on a fourth-and-six play opening the second quarter to give Northview the ball where Miller ran for 21 yards on one play and would hook up on a big, 54-yard pass to Chase Yocom who made a leaping grab down to the 35-yard line after a Northview unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Bays would take the ball 11 yards on a run before Miller scored the third Northview touchdown on a run with 8:08 in the half.
With their running game going nowhere, the Patriots elected to start throwing the ball around like the Houston Cougars of old.
Maners would attempt 25 passes in the first half alone, completing 12 of them, and working with a no huddle offense at times that took the Knights some time to get accustomed to defending.
The Patriots moved the ball from their own 18-yard line to Northview territory on three straight completions to Casey Bybee and Gabe Bault.
The Knights would force a third-and-2 yard situation from their own 43-yard line. Maners would try a draw up the middle that was denied by Neil Vanatti for a loss. On fourth down, Maners pass was incomplete and the Knights went deep quickly with Miller hooking up with Devin Chamberlain on a 66-yard scoring strike and a 27-0 lead with just under three minutes in the half.
Dustin Helwig would help the Knights setup their next TD when he snagged one of his two interceptions in the game.
The Knights took over on the Owen Valley 21-yard line and scored three plays in on a 10-yard TD strike to John Reberger and a 34-0 halftime lead.
As good as the first half was for the Knights, the second half was quite the opposite as Northview was called for eight penalties, threw three interceptions and seemed to lose focus as Owen Valley continued to, almost solely, throw the ball.
Maners threw the ball 33 times in the second half for 226 of his 353 yards in the game, but it wasn't until just 1:29 remained in the third period that the Patriots got on the board via a nine yard pass to Bybee. The Patriots would score one more time, late in the game, against the Northview JV defense to make the final spread 19 points.
The Knights meanwhile had a couple of highlights in the second half.
An interception by Jacob Reece in his first game action of the year coming back from injury, a 53-yard reception by Zach Sanabria from Miller as part of the 320 yard, three TD night for the junior QB and Bays finished off his third 100+ yard rushing game of the year.
Most importantly however is that the Knights improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the WIC and take the conference lead heading into a big game versus Vincennes at home.
Scoring by Quarters
NV -- J.Bays 20-yard run (M.Crooks kick), 9:15
NV -- B.Miller 62-yard pass to J.Bays (kick failed), 6:24
NV -- B.Miller 10-yard run (Crooks kick), 8:08
NV -- B.Miller 66-yard pass to Chamberlain (Crooks kick), 2:55
NV -- B.Miller 10-yard pass to J.Reberger (Crooks kick), 1:12
OV -- Maners nine-yard pass to Bybee (Moore catch), 1:29
OV -- Maners 41-yard pass to Bault (kick good), 4:48
Rushing -- Nv 25-137 (J.Bays 14-112, B.Miller 10-42, A.Dean 1-3. Owen Valley (Bush 13-24, Feltner 1-2, Maners 2-(-2), Davis 3-15.
Passing -- Nv (B.Miller 13-28 320 yards 3 TD). Owen Valley (Maners 25-58 326 yards 2 TD, Stahl 2-7 27 yards)
Receiving -- Nv (Yocom 1-54, D.Chamberlain 3-97 TD, Sanabria 2-60, Timm 4-23, Reberger 1-10 TD, J.Bays 2-74 TD). Owen Valley (Cochran 8-110, Bybee 6-50, Bault 5-84, Jones 2-35, Madorin 2-29, Temples 1-8, Campbell 1-23, Bush 1-6, Abrell 1-4.