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Knights ready for rivalry renewal

Thursday, August 31, 2006

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Quarterback Broc Miller has thrown for five touchdowns and run for three more so far in two games for the Knights.



The Northview football program has accomplished quite a few of their goals set when head coach George Gettle took over the program five years ago.

A conference championship, two in fact, and a postseason victory, but the one thing that has eluded them is a win against rival Terre Haute North. Sure, they've come close a couple of times and not so close in others, but little has dampened the hunger the Knights have for that first taste of victory over the Patriots.

"Obviously this is a big game," commented Gettle during a Wednesday practice. "It's a county rival, it's fun for our kids and theirs. You know the crowd will be big. We've done a lot of things here, but a win over (North) has eluded us."

The Knights will once again renew that chase on Friday night when they bring a 2-0 mark, for the third straight year, into Terre Haute for another crack at the Patriots.

This time they're hoping to emerge with that first 3-0 record on the bus ride home.

North is coming off the emotional high of a 27-23, last second win against arch-rival Terre Haute South last week, but there is little doubt that they won't be prepared for the Knights.

To emerge with a victory, the Knights will have to contain quarterback Matt Seliger who has shown the past two weeks that he is the sparkplug for his squad.

"Their QB is their catalyst," said Gettle of Seliger. "We're going to have to contain him in order to be successful."

Seliger's touchdown pass to Brandon Dorsett with 9.5 seconds remaining in the game was the dagger in the Braves' chest last week. He also was the key while running the option on the decisive drive.

The Knights defense, while young, has proved to be a definite strength this season, posting a shutout last week and allowing just seven points to Salem in the opener. "From a confidence standpoint, our defense is really looking forward to Friday night," said Gettle. "We're young, but we're really athletic. We're getting better as the season goes on and as the kids get used to playing together."

Northview will need to limit any big plays for Terre Haute North on both the special teams and offense on Friday to be successful. The Patriots have shown that they aren't afraid to try a bit of trickery to gain the upperhand, illustrated by two successful onside kicks against the Braves.

The Knights' have also been able to take care of their opportunistic defense who has won the takeaway battle in both games.

"We had too many mistakes last week with penalties," said Gettle. "It's the old coaches' cliché, we have to limit our mistakes and win the turnover battle."

Northview has also been plenty successful on offense with more than 500 yards rushing this season to go with and 330 passing yards from Broc Miller.

Jered Timm has run for more than 125 yards per game and, coupled with Albert Dean's nearly 100 per contest, gives the Knights a potent running game. Miller is also coming off a game in which he ran for a pair of scores.

Chase Yocom has hauled in four touchdown passes this season and already has a dozen catches and a punt return for a score.

With the Patriots also coming in with a 2-0 mark, there will be plenty of eyes around the Wabash Valley focused on the game this week. A victory in the game would be immeasurable as far as confidence goes for a Northview squad that feels that they have the talent for a sectional championship.

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