- Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Northview's football Knights shouldn't have any trouble providing themselves with motivation for this evening's sectional opener against Greenwood. Afterall it was the Woodmen who brought Northview's season to a screeching halt in the sectional semifinal last year with a 42-0 defeat.
Last year's loss brought an end to a seven game winning streak for the Knights and no doubt provided that extra bit of hunger for tonight's game beginning at 7 p.m.
Greenwood comes into the game with just one loss, a season opening defeat to No. 1 ranked Columbus East (34-21).
The two teams have plenty of similarities when you look at their strengths as Greenwood boasts a solid 1-2 punch with senior quarterback Jeff Geoghegan (6'0, 180 Sr.), who is both and running and passing threat, and senior running back Lucas Lipp (6'1, 192).
Geoghegan has averaged more than 110 yards through the air the past few weeks and also run for more than triple digits per game. Lipp has been a workhorse over the same span, averaging 162 yards per game on 17 carries per contest.
Northview meanwhile has their own dynamic offense with running back Jamie Bays having carried for 1,212 yards this season for 18 total touchdowns, including one on a kick return. At quarterback, Broc Miller will be counted on to lead the offense.
He's thrown for 1,829 yards this year and averages more than 20 yards per completion with 18 touchdowns through the air and seven on the ground. Miller will need to make some big plays for the Knights and limit his mistakes against the Woodmen who have plenty of big play potential themselves.
Several weeks ago in a 54-35 win over Pendleton Heights, the Woodmen scored on the first play of a drive three times, two plays once and three plays once.
So limiting those big plays will fall to a Northview defense who no doubt remember the bad taste in their mouth from last year's loss. The Knights will need to force some turnovers and slowing Lipp will be very important as Northview can't afford to be playing from behind.
In both of their losses this year, the Knights have had problems with turnovers in key spots so Northview knows that they will have to avoid those same mistakes and take advantage of their opportunities. The Woodmen have also been prone to some big plays this year and the Knights will have some potential in that area as well.
The Knights have the size and strength up front with their lines to make a difference and playing for pride on their home turf should be a big goal. A win tonight would quite likely make Northview the sectional favorite and should bring another home game for Northview.
With their rabid fan base, the Knights and their fans would certainly love another season of football to celebrate.