VINCENNES -- Northview's junior varsity football team got a second half shutout from their defense and played perhaps their best game of the year in scoring a 26-8 victory against Vincennes.
The Knights got the scoring going in the first quarter with an extended drive that took most of the period leading up to a three-yard TD pass from Trent Lancaster to Jonathan Bradshaw.
The defense stood up on Vincennes' drive to the brink of the Knights' goal line. Northview held the Alices at the two-yard line and took possession of the ball.
The Knights weren't able to move the ball and were forced to punt.
Vincennes blocked the kick and the Knights fell on the ball in the endzone for a safety and a 6-2 lead by the Knights.
Vincennes scored to take an 8-6 lead over Northview.
Justin White put the Knights back in control, this time to stay, when he rambled in for a 57-yard TD and Lancaster found Zach Boetjer for the conversion and a 14-8 lead.
The Knights extended their lead just before break when Lancaster found White for a 25-yard TD pass and a 20-8 lead at the break.
In the second half, it was White again, this time on a 69-yard run to cap the scoring in the contest.
"As far as JV games this season I would say this was our best," commented coach Craig Trout. "We dominated on both sides of the ball. The kids played with enthusiasm and everyone did their job. We just keep getting better and that is how football should be."
The Knights will host West Vigo on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.
Next game: Northview hosts West Vigo on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.
North Clay football
Tuesday's seventh grade football game between North Clay and West Vigo got off to a quick start, but it was the Knights who finished in a 34-14 victory.
The Knights received the opening kickoff and wasted little time in establishing their offense. Starting at their own 35-yard line, North Clay moved the ball in seven plays to the Vikings 10-yard line where Trent Barnett punched the ball in for a 6-0 lead.
West Vigo came roaring right back on the kickoff with a 70-yard return for a score and an 8-6 lead after the two-point conversion.
North Clay took over at midfield on their next possession and began to churn out the yards until quarterback Larry Shaffer shot around right end for a 35-yard score. He then hustled in for the conversion for a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period, North Clay set the Vikings back and forced a third-and-long play from deep in their own territory. West Vigo attempted a pass play that was picked off by Drake McKee and returned for the Knights' third score of the contest. Phillip Lalen scored on a center trap play for the two-point conversion and the Knights extended their lead to 22-8 at the halftime break.
The Vikings clawed within 22-14 on a 15-yard run to enter the fourth quarter.
Early in the final period, North Clay's Barnett scored and the Knights converted to extend the lead to an insurmountable 20 points in the closing minutes.
West Vigo threatened one last time inside the Knights' 10-yard line, but linebacker Troy Jeffery stripped the ball from a West Vigo halfback and returned the ball 50 yards to clinch the win.
The 5-2 Knights will play host to Sullivan on Wednesday night for a 6 p.m. contest.