Go figure that they would find it on the same turf that has been the site of so many big plays for the Indianapolis Colts.
Playing in the Saturday finale of the Western Indiana Conference's Day at the Dome, the Northview Knights rang up nearly 500 yards of offense and had topped their previous scoring best for an entire game, by halftime.
The Knights posted four touchdowns in the first quarter and were on cruise control from there while posting a 63-26 victory over South Vermillion.
"This has been a fun week," commented coach George Gettle. "A lot of kids got to play tonight and it's especially sweet to come away with a win."
Very few things went against the Knights in the victory, beginning with the opening kickoff from Cody Crooks which landed on the Wildcats' 16-yard line and stopped dead. The stunned Wildcat returner watched as Northview's Damon Smith pounced on the ball and the Knights took possession.
Four plays later, Nick Lancaster busted through for a two-yard touchdown run that lit the fuse on the scoring powder keg.
Strong-armed sophomore quarterback Andy Walsh, rolled out and found Wayne McGaha behind the Knights' secondary on the next drive for a 49-yard scoring pass to tie the score.
The Knights quickly snatched the lead back on the legs of senior Jered Timm who took the ensuing kickoff and raced 82-yards through the Wildcats' defense for a score.
Not to be topped, Russell Peelman took the next Knights' kickoff and rambled 87-yards for an answering score. The kick was blocked and the Knights led 14-13 with 6:23 left in the quarter.
Taking over at their own 39-yard line, the Knights jump started their next drive with a 14-yard run that set up quarterback Caleb Whitman to hookup with Timm on a 47-yard TD pass.
After forcing South Vermillion to punt, the Knights took over and made their longest drive of the game to that point.
Whitman found Zach Kirby for 16 yards and then ran himself for eight yards and a first down. He carried two more times for 12 yards, Lancaster then took the ball down to the 15-yard line. Whitman took the ball the rest of the way, scoring from 15-yards out as time expired in the first quarter.
"We were able to mix it up," commented Gettle about his team's lethal combination of air and ground attack on Saturday. "We were able to get behind them some when they blitzed and Caleb (Whitman) found some guys open."
Both teams settled into a little more of a rhythm in the second quarter as Northview put together an impressive 11-play drive with Gettle subbing in Trent Lancaster behind center.
Lancaster completed a pair of passes for 26 yards to get his team down to the five-yard line. After being tackled for a one yard loss that forced a third-and-goal from the five-yard line, Lancaster gave way to Whitman. The senior quarterback found tight end Tyler Coltharp open for a score that pushed the lead to 35-13 at halftime.
Junior defensive back Kade Baker halted two late South Vermillion drives with interceptions.
Coming out of the locker room with a seemingly comfortable lead, the Knights could have lost their focus, but it was quickly apparent that the Wildcats' weren't going to be that fortunate.
The Knights forced the Wildcats to punt from their own 28-yard line, but a bad snap sent the ball over the kicker's head giving the Knights great field position.
Taking over on the four-yard line, Nathan Williams pounded the ball across the goal line for a score.
South Vermillion had the same problem on their next drive after three straight incompletions forced a punt from their 25-yard line. Another bad snap gave the Knights' a short field once more.
This time Whitman found Coltharp for a 23-yard scoring strike just 1:24 after their previous score.
The Knights final score of the third quarter was their most impressive after backing themselves up to their own five-yard line on a sack and holding penalty that set up a third-and-35 situation.
Whitman found Timm on a middle screen pass and the wide receiver did the rest, weaving his way through defenders for a 95-yard touchdown.
All told, Timm had five catches for 182 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Already substituting liberally on defense, the Knights got some nice results from their JV and freshman players down the stretch.
Following a score by South Vermillin's Brodie Mitchell got the Wildcats within 56-20, freshman Justin White scored on a 75-yard TD run for the Knights.
Backup quarterback James Craigmyle would led the Wildcats to their final score, capping the drive by calling his own number on a 19-yard run.
The Knights were driving on the strength of freshman quarterback Zac Niehaus and running back Tommy Holifield as time wound down.
"We were able to get our kids some repetitions," said Gettle of getting his younger players some experience. "We wanted to get Trent (Lancaster) some playing time. He's our backup QB and we want him to get comfortable (on the field)."
Holifield ran five times for 28 yards and Niehaus carried five times for 36 more yards to end the game.
"I think this gives us a little more confidence. We were able to do some things on offense and throw the ball downfield," commented Gettle.
In other Saturday games at the RCA Dome, Edgewood got by Cascade, 18-17, Sullivan beat Brown County 16-12 and West Vigo shut down Owen Valley, 17-0.
The Knights are now 4-3 overall, 4-0 in the WIC and host West Vigo on Friday at 7 p.m in a game that could decide the conference championship.
At RCA Dome
Northview 63, South Vermillion 26
Nv - Nick Lancaster two-yard run (Cody Crooks kick), 10:25
Sv - Andy Walsh 49-yard pass to Wayne McGaha (Spires kick), 6:50
Nv -- Jered Timm 82-yard kickoff return (Crooks kick), 6:38
Sv -- Russell Peelman 87-yard kickoff return (kick blocked), 6:23
Nv -- Caleb Whitman 47-yard pass to Timm (Crooks kick), 5:34
Nv -- Whitman 15-yard run (Crooks kick), :00
Nv -- Trent Lancaster five-yard pass to Tyler Coltharp (Crooks kick), 5:48
Nv -- Nathan Williams four-yard run (Crooks kick), 8:16
Nv -- Whitman 22-yard pass to Coltharp (Crooks kick), 6:52
Nv -- Whitman 94-yard pass to Timm (Crooks kick), 1:40
Sv -- Brodie Mitchell six-yard run (Spires kick), 10:28
Nv -- Justin White 74-yard run (Crooks kick), 10:04
Sv -- James Craigmyle 19-yard run (kick failed), 4:45
Rushing -- Northview: Whitman 9-33 TD, Stevenson 2-12, Williams 3-16 TD, N.Lancaster 5-29 TD, Sorlie 3-15, White 1-75 TD, T.Lancaster 2-(-5), Crowder 1-0, Holifield 5-28, Niehaus 5-36; S.Vermillion: Mitchell 13-28 TD, McGaha 3-(-4), Peelman 2-0, Walsh 5-28, Craigmyle 4-27 TD.
Passing -- Northview: Whitman 8-13 216 yards, 4 TD T.Lancaster 3-6 37 yards, 0TD, Z.Niehaus 0-1 0 yards; S.Vermillion: Walsh 15-34 181 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int., Craigmyle 2-4 32 yards.
Receiving -- Northview: Timm 5-182 yards, 2 TD, Coltharp 3-44, 2 TD, Kirby 2-26, White 1-11. S.Vermillion: Taylor 1-10, Pelman 2-5, Caylor 1-29, Mumaw 2-6, Rowe 3-8, McGaha 3-73, Harpenau 2-11, Hoggett 1-25, Stone 1-7, Mitchell 2-53.