By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Tonight's conference football game between Northview and Edgewood features a pair of teams who are looking to shirk off the bitter taste of defeat from their openers.
The Knights lost to visiting Castle last week, but gets another chance to start a winning streak when the Mustangs, a devastating 74-0 loser to Bloomington North, comes calling.
Saying that Edgewood is a bit shorthanded might be the understatement of the year when you consider that the Mustangs list just 32 players on their roster, of which 29 are underclassmen.
But before you feel sorry for the Mustangs, consider that they still have quarterback Josh Collier under center and he's a very dangerous player. His athletic ability nearly led him to break a couple of kickoffs last week and he did have a 74 yard run brought back by penalty.
Sophomore tailback Kyle Williams has some ability as well, running for 32 late yards during a game-ending drive that ended on the Cougars' one-yard line.
Edgewood also allowed 375 yards rushing on just 24 carries which should be music to Northview's ears after pickup up just 110 yards last week against Castle. The Knights hope their line can give Jered Timm and Kade Baker some running room and that quarterback Caleb Whitman can get free for some big gains as well. The Knights' passing game might just be a bit more effective if they can have some success on the ground.
Whitman completed half of his passes last week, but only let the pigskin fly eight times.
Bloomington North dominated Edgewood with a mismatch in strength and size so Northview hopes that they can get that first WIC victory by much the same method.
Each game the Knights play can only add to the valuable experience that Northview needs to have success. After graduating a talented group of seniors last season, the Knights are learning on the fly at the varsity level this season. This week should be a testament how much the Knights learned from last week's loss. Afterall it was more than a year since the Knights' suffered their last regular season football game.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Northview High School.