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Knights have conference title in their sights tonight

Friday, October 14, 2005

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Northview's defense, including Jared Timm (#87) held West Vigo to just 39 rushing yards last Friday.

Friday night might mean back-to-back conference championships for the Northview football team as they roll to scenic Brown County for the final regular season contest.

The Knights come in unbeaten in the WIC and face off with a mercurial Eagles squad that has looked alternately very dangerous and then quite docile.

The Eagles played a 7-1 Owen Valley squad to a three point loss (28-25) and completely manhandled Sullivan in a 56-0 romp, but has also lost 17-13 to West Vigo, a team Northview blasted 63-7 last week. The Eagles have also been shutout in back-to-back weeks by Triton Central (33-0) and Indiana Creek (45-0).

So the question is, which Eagles squad will show up for Senior Night on Friday and can the Knights avoid looking ahead to a sectional rematch with Greenwood?

Northview has been rolling on offense the last two weeks, piling up 63 points each of the last two weeks while blasting overmatched South Vermillion and West Vigo.

Even more impressive is that the Knights have averaged more than 279 yards rushing per game over the last two contests and have put together just under 500 yards per game as well.

Brown County is coming off a 22-20 loss to Edgewood last week despite allowing just three first downs to the Mustangs.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, they allowed an 81 yard TD pass, a 73 yard run by Luke Arnold, a safety for intentional grounding in the endzone and a fumble recovery in the endzone that all added up to a disappointing loss on homecoming for the Mustangs.

The Eagles offense is lead by a two-pronged backfield that includes Nate Benge and Remy Heller. The pair are both solid backs with Benge piling up 180 and Heller 101 in the pasting of the Golden Arrows. Against the Mustangs last week, Heller lead the way with 102 yards.

Also adding to the versatility of the Eagles is the use of a pair of quarterbacks by coach Rich Hargitt who is in his first year at Brown County after three years coaching in Illinois.

Junior Tyler Ferry and senior Jordon Jacobs each see time behind center. Last week, Ferry completed 8-of-16 passes for 77 yards and an interception with Jacobs providing 40 yards on a completion.

At receiver, Brown County spread the ball around last week with completions to four different receivers.

The Knights will need to maintain the killer instinct they've displayed the last two weeks and get the Eagles behind the eight-ball early. Brown County has been prone to some mistakes and allowing the big play and Northview has just the players to take advantage of them.

Senior running back Jamie Bays pushed through the 1,000 yard rushing barrier for the season last week and has 1,007 for the year on just 96 carries. He's averaged more than 145 yards per game over the last four.

Broc Miller is the quarterback and is among the state leaders in yards per game with just over 200 per contest. That figures out to more than 1,600 yards through the air with 17 touchdowns to go with nearly 400 rushing yards and seven scores.

His receivers are lead by Devin Chamberlain who has 23 grabs for more than 26 yards per catch and six scores. Just behind him is Chase Yocom who has pulled in 18 catches and also gobbles up more than 26 yards per catch and Bays is also a solid receiver with 16 catches followed by sophomore Jared Timm's 13 catches. John Reberger has three catches, all for touchdowns for the Knights.

All told, Northview thrives on the big play with four different receivers boasting catches of more than 53 yards this year and Bays in the backfield biting off more than 10 yards per carry.

While the offense is explosive, Northview has been able to count on a solid defense all season.

The Knights are tough up front with the beef of Joe Evinger and Neil Vanatti casting an imposing shadow over the lines opposing them each week. Dayne Upperman, John Hendrix and Tyler Coltharp have all combined to provide opponents backfields with some nightmares this year and will be counted on along with their solid linebacking corp.

Aaron Bays, Dean Netzler, Greg Stultz and Cole Doyle along with Chris Dean have done a great job of plugging the middle against teams and the secondary has shut down passing games for much of the season.

All of these players will be a major component in shutting the lights out early on the Eagles if the Knights want to hold on to the conference crown.

Kickoff at Brown County is slated for 7:30 p.m. this evening.

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