Zach White hauls in a pass during Friday's win against Terre Haute North.
By CAREY FOX
Confidence is high for the Northview football team coming off the school's first victory over Terre Haute North in a decade. For the first time in school history, the Knights are 3-0 to begin the season and look to improve that mark with a Western Indiana Conference matchup with Sullivan tonight at 7 p.m.
The Golden Arrows are coming off a 34-12 victory over North Knox that improved Sullivan's season record to 2-1. Most importantly however, the Knights are the first conference opponent for Sullivan this season.
Following an emotional victory against the Patriots, the Knights will have to be on guard against any type of letdown against a Sullivan squad that may be undersized, but showed off some speed last weekend.
Derrick DeMoss made his season debut for the Arrows on Friday and immediately paid dividends by scoring twice in the first 43 seconds of the second quarter.
The senior scored on a seven yard run to open the period and then followed with a 40-yard punt return for a score against the Warriors. Adam Smith also scored on a 30-yard touchdown run as part of his eight carry, 78 yard evening. But it was Ethan Witvoet who provided the biggest numbers with 14 carries for 115 yards, including a 65-yard TD jaunt. The 5'11, 165 yard back was seeing his first varsity time for the Arrows.
All told, the Arrows ran up 288 yards on the ground in the game, at 6.9 yards per carry.
The Northview defense will likely be geared towards the running game as Sullivan completed just two-of-eight passes last week with two interceptions.
Sullivan will be charged with trying to shut down the pass/receiving combination of Broc Miller to Chase Yocom. Thus far, no one has been able to accomplish that as Yocom has hauled in 17 catches for 286 yards and six touchdowns from Miller. Yocom's totals are currently listed as eighth best in the state in per game receiving yardage at 95.3 ypg. He's also tied for the lead in touchdown catches on the list.
Miller is currently listed 16th in the state rankings in per game passing yardage with 154.3 per game to go with seven scores.
Where Northview hopes to get back on track is the running game after Terre Haute North held the Knights to under three yards per carry last week.
Jered Timm, Albert Dean and Miller have proven they have the ability with each boasting at least one, 100 yard rushing game this year. However, the group needs to run hard from the opening snap and the numbers will follow.
Northview's defense has been a hungry group this season, buoyed by a playmaking squad that has scored several times themselves. Last week they hounded and harassed North's quarterback to no end, a factor that allowed the Knights to disrupt all fazes of the Patriots' offense.
Blowing up the line of scrimmage will be a big key this week against a Sullivan offense geared towards running the ball. With the arrows quick, but undersized backs, the Knights will have to remain disciplined in their pursuits and success will follow.