By CAREY FOX
Friday night brings both the first road test and conference contest for the Northview Knights and you can bet that they won't be overlooking the Edgewood Mustangs.
Despite a 44-20 loss to Bedford North Lawrence, the Mustangs put up some eye-popping statistics on the gridiron versus the Stars.
Quarterback Rob Moynihan put together a record-setting performance, throwing for a school record 355 passing yards and receiver Scott Pederson hauled in four catches for a record 213 yards and intercepted a pass.
According to Northview head coach George Gettle, the Mustangs' performance did not go unnoticed.
"I feel that this is probably the best Edgewood team we've seen in my five years," commented Gettle. "Bedford North Lawrence is a 5A team that is getting votes (in the coaches poll) so for Edgewood to be in that game says a lot."
As for what the Knights need to do to corral the dynamic duo, Gettle feels that his team won't make any scheme changes but will certainly be aware of their abilities.
"We won't necessarily be doing anything different (defensively)," noted Gettle. "But Pederson is a good athlete, maybe even the best in the entire school. We'll know where he is and try and take him away, but we'll stick with our game plan."
Last year's game plan involved a heavy dosage of the graduated Jamie Bays who ran for 172 yards on just 12 carries, three of which went for touchdowns. However, quarterback Broc Miller threw for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns, though he did have three interceptions.
Northview defeated Edgewood 38-12 last season on the way to a Western Indiana Conference championship. Gettle feels that the Mustangs have the talent to contend for the WIC this year as well.
"Edgewood has a chance to be competitive for the WIC. This is the third year for them with their coach and he has them well prepared."
The Knights were plenty prepared for their opening game, cruising to a 46-7 win over visiting Salem, but will need to eliminate some of their unforced errors to get a fifth consecutive win over the Mustangs.
"We made some mistakes last week, but we've got a good group of kids here who recognize that," said Gettle. "Typically you see the biggest improvement from week one to week two. We've made the effort to correct the mistakes so we should see a more efficient team out there."
The Knights will kickoff at Edgewood at 7 p.m. on Friday night.