"A win is a win," commented coach George Gettle, though he admitted to feeling his team perhaps should have had a better offensive effort.
"In the game of football, you're happy with any win. Looking at game film, we felt that we should have maybe put more points on the board, but we had a couple of bad snaps, and it's the little things that stop drives."
Lightning forced the postponement of the game from Friday evening and just as quickly Saturday, the Northview offense pounced on Edgewood for the game's opening score.
The Knights received the opening kickoff and strung together an impressive nine-play, nearly six-minute drive to take a 7-0 lead.
A Northview offense that sruggled to string together many positives last week, marched right down the field on big chunks of rushing yardage from Wes Sorlie, Jered Timm and Caleb Whitman. The drive culminated in a four-yard score by Sorlie and a Cody Crooks' extra point and the rout was one right?
Edgewood, coming off a 74-0 pounding at the hands of Bloomington North, showed a lot of pride in standing tall against the Knights on Saturday night.
The Mustangs couldn't put together much on the offensive side of the ball but wouldn't let Northview do much after that first drive either.
Credit the Northview defense for playing well too.
The Knights stopped Edgewood on their first drive near midfield when Dylan Kruse broke through for a sack of Josh Collier. Actually, Edgewood failed to break through into Northview's half of the field before halftime.
But the Knights were stumbling on offense as well.
The aforementioned bad snap put a halt to a promising second quarter drive for Northview, one that had reached midfield, setting up a 3rd-and-six yard situation on the 50-yard line. But the snap sailed over Caleb Whitman's head and forced the Knights to punt the ball.
After a Nathan Williams sack ended Edgewood's opening drive of the second half, Northview started another good looking drive in the third quarter.
A seven yard pass from Whitman to Timm followed by a first down run by Sorlie pushed the Knights into Edgewood territory, but the Mustangs' defense stopped Whitman on a 3rd-and-six play and forced a punt that put Edgewood back at their 20-yard line after the touchback.
Deep in their own defensive half of the field, credit Edgewood for making some plays when they needed to.
Senior running back Steve Anderson made a key seven-yard run on a 3rd-and-six from the Mustang 24-yard line for a first down. A 12-yard pass to Anderson gave them another first down and the Mustangs quickly had their best drive of the night.
"We felt like in the first half, our defense was on top of them, but in the second half we played on our heels," said Gettle.
Northview nearly got a break when a flag for illegal use of the hands on a first down run brought the ball back and set up a 3rd-and-seven play. However, Collier found Hayden Dumond for a first down and later caught David Arthur on a slant pass to the Northview five-yard line.
From there, Anderson crashed through the line to get Edgewood on the board, but Finch missed the extra point as Northview maintained their lead by just a point, 7-6.
The Mustangs didn't hang their heads though, they stopped the Knights four plays and out, taking over at their own 39-yard line beginning the fourth quarter.
After he scampered for a nine yard gain on first down, Collier found Kyle Williams for a 22-yard gain that set up a go ahead 32-yard fieldgoal by Finch with just under seven minutes left.
Needing a sustained drive badly to halt the Mustangs' growing momentum, they got just that from Whitman whose offensive line brought their lunch pails on the next to last drive.
On second down from his own 38-yard line, Whitman found a crease and raced down the sideline for a 34-yard run and followed with another seven yards to the Edgewood 18-yard line. After an incomplete pass, a three yard run by Sorlie set up an all important fourth down play.
With just inches to go, Whitman took the snap, lowered his shoulder pads and bulled ahead behind his line that got the first down on a two yard gain.
Whitman scored on a great fake handoff the next play, darting into the endzone from 13 yards for the eventual winning score.
"The big question mark was how our kids would respond with our inexperience and they answered the call," said Gettle about the final scoring drive. "Caleb (Whitman) did some nice things on that drive. . .it should give the kids some confidence."
The Northview defense came through to finish the game, stopping Edgewood at their 31-yard line on a deflected pass by Tyler Coltharp that clinched the victory.
Northview won't have much time to sit back and enjoy the win as a hungry Terre Haute North team, fresh off a stinging loss to Terre Haute South, comes to visit on Friday night. The kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Northview High School.
Northview 14, Edgewood 9
Nv -- Wes Sorlie three-yard run (Cody Crooks kick).
EW -- Steve Anderson two-yard run (kick failed).
EW -- J.T. Finch 32-yard fieldgoal
Nv -- Caleb Whitman 13-yard run (C. Crooks kick).
Rushing -- Northview: Timm 11-40, Whitman 15-67, Sorlie 11-45. Edgewood: Anderson 9-25, Collier 11-9, Wise 9-34, Ferguson 1-7, Williams 4-29, Archer 1-12.
Passing -- Northview: Whitman 7-13-0 65 yards. Edgewood: 6-16-0 64 yards.
Receiving -- Northview: Timm 4-37, Coltharp 1-17, Kirby 2-20. Edgewood: Williams 3-34, Anderson 1-12, Finch 1-7, Arthur 1-11.
Next game: Northview (1-1 overall, 1-0 WIC) hosts Terre Haute North on Friday at 7 p.m. Edgewood (0-2 overall, 0-1 WIC) hosts Greencastle