SPENCER -- The Northview JV football team scored a 40-34 victory over Owen Valley this week.
The Knights got on the scoreboard first against the Patriots when Trent Lancaster scored on a five-yard run and completed the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Owen Valley would score themselves, but missed the conversion to narrow the Northview lead to 8-6.
The Knights' Damon Smith extended the lead when he returned a kickoff 60-yards for a touchdown and Northview led 14-6 after one period of play.
In the second quarter, Smith added his second score of the game, this time on a six-yard scamper to give the Knights a 20-6.
Owen Valley came roaring back with back-to-back touchdowns to take a 22-20 lead before halftime.
The Knights rebounded before the half on a 17-yard touchdown reception by Joel Rector on a pass from Lancaster to go up 26-22.
In the second half, Northview and Owen Valley traded touchdowns. Lancaster scored on a five-yard run and the Knights held a tentative 32-28 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Corey Crowder scored on a three-yard TD run with Smith converting the two-point conversion on a pass from Lancaster. The Patriots would score again to get within 40-34, but the Knights' defense made a late stand to clinch the victory.
"It was a great JV game that we are happy to win and set a tone for
Friday," said coach Craig Trout. "Our kids played hard and played well on both sides of the ball and we can't ask for much more than that."
The Knights will host Linton on Monday night at 6 p.m.