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Knights can't overlook Golden Arrows

Friday, September 7, 2007

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Northview's defense is charged with holding down one of the state's leading rushers in Sullivan's Ethan Witvoet.
Northview resumes its Western Indiana Conference schedule this evening with the team's first road trip of the year.

The Knights travel to Sullivan looking to pick up their second win of the young year as well as their second conference victory. Northview currently is the owner of a five-game winning streak against the Golden Arrows during which they have never scored fewer than 31 points in a game.

The Arrows come in boasting a 2-1 record and one of the state's leading rushers in Ethan Witvoet who ran for 197 yards last week against North Knox and has averaged 162 yards per contest in the two games.

As a team, the Arrows ran the ball extremely well, piling up 242 yards against the Warriors last week against just 53 passing yards. The passing game wasn't much of an option last week as quarterback Ethan Wright was intercepted three times in the contest. All told, the Arrows lost the ball four times via turnover.

All signs point to Northview having success tonight if they can limit the Arrows running game which is their bread-and-butter.

The Arrows aren't to be overlooked despite the fact that the Knights are coming off a streak where they've played three 5A schools over four weeks. Edgewood came into Northview two weeks ago fresh off a 74-0 blasting at the hands of Bloomington North and nearly staged an upset over the Knights. The home squad needed a dramatic drive in the final minutes to score the victory against the Mustangs.

Seemingly, Northview found their footing in that game and took it into last week's game against Terre Haute North which nearly resulted in victory.

Positives in that game included a 159 yard passing performance from Caleb Whitman and a pair of touchdown catches from senior tightend Tyler Coltharp. The Knights also ran for 92 yards in the game and blocked a punt that resulted in a touchdown.

In week four of the regular season, the Knights continue to expand their offensive playbook for Whitman and the members of their backfield which includes Jered Timm, Wes Sorlie and Kade Baker, who strung together a great final drive for the Knights.

Looking at tonight's game, Northview cannot allow the Arrows to get momentum on their home turf early. The Knights can't give up the big play to Witvoet either on a run or on a pass reception.

On defense, Aaron Clements had two interceptions for the Sullivan defense.

Penalties and turnovers plagued Sullivan last week as the Arrows were flagged eight times for 65 yards and one that brought back a touchdown.

Dominating play at the line of scrimmage would go a long way in providing Northview a victory. If the Knights can get a good pass rush against Wright, Northview can make the Arrows a one-dimensional team.

This contest is a dangerous one for the Knights if they can't keep their focus on tonight. The Arrows will have plenty of fire after losing the past give games to the Knights by an average score of 45 to 12.

Kickoff for the WIC game is at 7 p.m.



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