By CAREY FOX
Mistakes on offense, defense and special teams plagued Northview's junior varsity football team on Monday night during a 40-16 loss to Mooresville.
The Knights fell behind 16-0 as Pioneer running back Nick Westfall carried seven times for 43 yards in the first scoring drive before quarterback Tyler Bless scored from a yard out.
Northview fumbled the ensuing kickoff back to the Pioneers and a 13 yard run by Tyler Lane and a 16 yard run by Westfall set up a scoring bootleg from one yard by Spencer Roloff.
The Knights responded with a scoring drive of their own that included a 26 yard run by quarterback Heath Wells and then Kade Baker rolled up the middle for a a 19 yard score to get the Knights within 16-8 after a two-point conversion catch by Mitch Haviland.
The Northview defense stepped up on the ensuing possession as Kyle Pestoff and Damon Smith broke through to stop a 4th-and-14 attempt for the Pioneers.
Taking over at their own 34-yard line, the Knights tried a little successful razzle dazzle as Caleb Whitman took a reverse play and then threw for a 38 yard completion to Zach White on the Pioneers' 28-yard line. From there, Ethan Tanner rumbled 17 yards along the sideline for a first down at the Mooresville 11-yard line.
Wells then completed a touchdown score to Cody Moore as time expired with the game tied at 16-apiece.
From there however, it was all Mooresville.
The Pioneers opened the half as Westfall scored on a 75-yard kickoff return and things wouldn't get any better the remainder of the game for Northview.
The Knights went three plays and out on their first two drives and then fumbled on their last two while Mooresville put together two more scoring drives with two-point conversions.
Defensive highlights for the Knights included interceptions from Cody Crooks and Wesley Corlie.