Vincennes running back Taylor Vieck is no stranger to the Northview Knights, he's been the Alices workhorse the past three two years as Northview defeated the Alices.
This season, Vieck and Vincennes got their measure of revenge in a 35-21 victory in which Vieck rambled for 263 yards on the ground along with two touchdowns.
"Give credit to Vincennes, they had a good game plan and we couldn't stop Vieck," said Northview head coach George Gettle. "We've played Vieck before, he's not an unknown so we've got to go look at the film and get some things corrected."
The Knights simply had few answers in stopping the 5-8, 205 lb. back who was quick to find his holes and hard to bring down even when Northview defenders got their hands on him. Each time the Knights got a bit of momentum in the game, the Alices provided a heavy dose of Vieck which eventually was lethal.
There were also too many mistakes in key spots that helped ruin what head coach George Gettle called his team's 'best second half of the season.'
Vincennes got the opening kickoff and was halted via a punt that started Northview at their own 29-yard line. From there, Broc Miller rushed for 19 yards and Jamie Bays started another solid night in the backfield with a 28-yard pickup to put the Knights in business at the Vincennes 18-yard line. However, a fumbled handoff gave the ball to the Alices and squandered an important chance to score first.
Vincennes did not waste their chance as Vieck picked up gains of 41 and 10 yards before Dean Mosher swept for 24 yards on a reversed to put the ball at the Northview seven yard line. From there, fullback Matt McCormick burst through for a TD run and the Alices took the advantage after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Alices showed that they had balance on offense when they broke out a conservative but effective passing attack. Jeremy Cunningham turned a second-and-22 situation at his own 22-yard line into a 26 yard pass to D.J. Smith. He would also complete a nine yard pass to Dean Mosher before hitting Curtis Personett on a 29-yard TD strike to cap a six play, 76-yard drive.
But from there the Knights made a move of their own as Jamie Bays stole back the momentum by taking the Knights opening play from scrimmage and zipping up the middle for an 80-yard TD run as part of his 143 yard night.
Not to be outdone, the Alices went back to the ground and drove 84 yards in three and a half minutes behind 68 yards from Vieck on five carries, eventually scoring from 10 yards out for a 21-7 lead.
Northview moved the ball back down, taking over with 3:24 left in the half and earning 12 yards on a carry by Bays and 36 on a leaping grab by Chase Yocom over a defender down to the Vincennes 23-yard line.
A run by Miller and a 15-yard completion to Zach Sanabria got Northview to the five-yard line, but the drive was halted on a halfback pass that was headed to Miller. However, the Vincennes linebacker stayed home on the play and made the grab for the interception.
Even worse for the Knights was that Vincennes began ripping off huge chunks of yardage despite starting their drive with less than 1:30 remaining.
Vieck ran for 13 yards and 31 yards before Cunningham took one himself for 11 before hitting D.J. Smith with a 25-yard TD pass that seemed to suck all the wind for the Northview crowd headed to the locker room trailing 27-7.
But in the second half, the Knights responded with a 16 play drive to open the third quarter and despite coming up empty on a field goal attempt from 27 yards, Northview had set a bit of a tone.
Vincennes put together a 12 play drive of their own that took the game into the fourth quarter, but the Knights defense stood strong on a fourth-and-two play at their own 27-yard line, stuffing Vieck short to take over on downs.
Once more, on the first play of the drive, Miller hit Devin Chamberlain on a short pass and he slipped free of a defender and raced 75 yards for the score to get the Knights back in the game at 27-14.
On the Alices next possession, they were facing a third-and-15 after Cunningham was sacked for an eight yard loss at the Northview 46-yard line. On the next play, Cunningham was stopped, forcing a punt.
On the kick, Northview linebacker Greg Stultz made what was nearly the play of the game when he burst through and got a hand on the punt to put the Knights in position at the Vincennes 34-yard line.
Northview went for the big play on first down with Miller throwing a deep ball to the sideline that drew a pass interference call and the Knights were at the 16-yard line. One play later, Miller hooked up with a leaping Yocom for a 13-yard score and suddenly the Knights were within 27-21 with 7:57 left.
From there however, Vieck stepped up as Vincennes took the kickoff up to the 49-yard line. He would carry five times on the drive, picking up 47 yards, including the six yard TD run that capped the scoring and put the game out of reach with 3:36 left.
"It was just a good job by (Vincennes). They are a quality team and this will help us down the road as we prepare for sectional play," said Gettle. "By far this was the best second half we've played this year. We came out and stole the momentum, but we just squandered some opportunities."
The Knights (4-2 overall, 3-0 WIC) will matchup with West Vigo for homecoming next weekend.