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Knights all in for the win

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

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Northview head coach George Gettle (center) celebrates with his team following Friday's football win over Terre Haute North.

- Knights beat Patriots for first time since 1996

By CAREY FOX

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TERRE HAUTE -- Nine years of frustrating losses had finally boiled long enough inside the Northview football program before erupting at Riddle Stadium in Terre Haute.

When the smoke had subsided, the Knights had finally gotten a rather sizable monkey off their backs and returned home with a 28-23 victory that really shouldn't have been as close as the final score indicates.

The Knights set the tone early, taking the opening kickoff and powering 56 yards down the field on an 18-yard pass to Zach Sanabria and a 14-yard strike to Chase Yocom to get to the Patriot one-yard line. From there, Jered Timm drove in the first stake with his scoring plunge and a 7-0 lead on a 10-play drive.

Terre Haute North took their opening possession and moved the ball down to the Northview 15-yard line aided by two 15-yard flags on the Knights, the first of several North drives helped by Northview penalties. However, the Northview defense dug in from there, forcing three straight incomplete passes from Matthew Seliger. The Patriots would settle for a 35-yard fieldgoal from Connor Lentz.

All season, the Knights have displayed a penchant for the big play and on the second play of their ensuing drive, Yocom provided a spark when he hauled in a short pass from Miller along the sideline, spun off an attempted arm tackle, and raced down the side for a 76-yard score that sent the fans into a frenzy.

Both teams traded punts on their next drives before Seliger answered back for the Patriots with a 39-yard score on the third play of their drive to get back within 14-10.

But as was the case for much of the first half, Northview was able to maintain an extended drive.

Northview bounced right back with a 12 play drive that included a big 3rd-and-1 reception from Zach White and the Knights scored on a four-yard catch from Yocom with 1:46 left in the half.

With seemingly little action left before the break, the Patriots fumbled the kickoff and Northview fell on the ball at the North 41-yard line.

The Knights went for the homerun ball on the first play from scrimmage, Miller throwing to the 16-yard line, but the pass was picked off.

Northview's defense stymied the Patriots again, forcing a punt with under a minute left, but the half ended on another interception, on the one-yard line.

The second half was more about ball control and defense, a battle the Knights handled for much of the last 24 minutes, but as Terre Haute South knows already, the Patriots fight to the wire.

Perhaps the biggest key in the game was during the Patriots third possession, following a four and out to open the half and three plays and a Ryan Brown interception for the Knights on the second drive.

The Patriots third drive of the half marched them backward to their own 13-yard line after back-to-back penalties left them with 3rd-and-35. The biggest mistake of the game might have been the decision to 'quick kick' the ball, a punt attempt made to surprise the Knights and gain field position, backfired when Joe Evinger blocked the kick and Nathan Williams recovered for a touchdown.

The miscue gave the Knights a 28-10 lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

North's next drive was unsuccessful as well with two incomplete passes and a sack leading to a punt.

Northview made a gutsy, but nearly costly decision on their next possession, with a 4th-and-1 decision to go for it that came up short on their own 26-yard line.

Seliger would score shortly into the fourth quarter to narrow the gap back to 28:16 with 9:28 left.

Facing a much needed, extended drive, running backs Albert Dean and Jered Timm came to the forefront with the tough yards.

Timm and Miller combined for a first down at the 38-yard line before Timm carried on back-to-back handoffs for another set of downs at the Patriot 26-yard line. Dean poneyed up for 17 yards on two carries down to the nine-yard line where the drive stalled on four straight plays at the endzone.

Seliger nearly replayed his big final drive from last week, driving the ball from his own five-yard line to a score with 1:33 left on a pass to Brian Dorsett that covered 18-yards. The drive was aided by a 15-yard penalty on the Knights for a late hit on the sideline. The following play was the scoring pass that made the score 1:33 and left little doubt about the oncoming onside kickoff.

Indeed, the Patriots got off a little squib kick to the right side, but Zach Kirby dropped on the ball for the Knights.

Three kneel downs later, and the Knights had the school's first 3-0 start in history and hurdled one more obstacle in the way of the bigger goal of the postseason.

Next up for the 3-0 Knights is a Western Indiana Conference home game against Sullivan at 7 p.m.

maintain an extended drive.

Northview bounced right back with a 12 play drive that included a big 3rd-and-1 reception from Zach White and the Knights scored on a four-yard catch from Yocom with 1:46 left in the half.

With seemingly little action left before the break, the Patriots fumbled the kickoff and Northview fell on the ball at the North 41-yard line.

The Knights went for the homerun ball on the first play from scrimmage, Miller throwing to the 16-yard line, but the pass was picked off.

Northview's defense stymied the Patriots again, forcing a punt with under a minute left, but the half ended on another interception, on the one-yard line.

The second half was more about ball control and defense, a battle the Knights handled for much of the last 24 minutes, but as Terre Haute South knows already, the Patriots fight to the wire.

Perhaps the biggest key in the game was during the Patriots third possession, following a four and out to open the half and three plays and a Ryan Brown interception for the Knights on the second drive.

The Patriots third drive of the half marched them backward to their own 13-yard line after back-to-back penalties left them with 3rd-and-35. The biggest mistake of the game might have been the decision to 'quick kick' the ball, a punt attempt made to surprise the Knights and gain field position, backfired when Joe Evinger blocked the kick and Nathan Williams recovered for a touchdown.

The miscue gave the Knights a 28-10 lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

North's next drive was unsuccessful as well with two incomplete passes and a sack leading to a punt.

Northview made a gutsy, but nearly costly decision on their next possession, with a 4th-and-1 decision to go for it that came up short on their own 26-yard line.

Seliger would score shortly into the fourth quarter to narrow the gap back to 28:16 with 9:28 left.

Facing a much needed, extended drive, running backs Albert Dean and Jered Timm came to the forefront with the tough yards.

Timm and Miller combined for a first down at the 38-yard line before Timm carried on back-to-back handoffs for another set of downs at the Patriot 26-yard line. Dean poneyed up for 17 yards on two carries down to the nine-yard line where the drive stalled on four straight plays at the endzone.

Seliger nearly replayed his big final drive from last week, driving the ball from his own five-yard line to a score with 1:33 left on a pass to Brian Dorsett that covered 18-yards. The drive was aided by a 15-yard penalty on the Knights for a late hit on the sideline. The following play was the scoring pass that made the score 1:33 and left little doubt about the oncoming onside kickoff.

Indeed, the Patriots got off a little squib kick to the right side, but Zach Kirby dropped on the ball for the Knights.

Three kneel downs later, and the Knights had the school's first 3-0 start in history and hurdled one more obstacle in the way of the bigger goal of the postseason.

Next up for the 3-0 Knights is a Western Indiana Conference home game against Sullivan at 7 p.m.



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