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Rival Vikings invade Northview tonight

Friday, October 5, 2007

Tyler Coltharp hauls in a pass during last week's victory at the RCA?Dome.
Football games between Northview and West Vigo rarely need a buildup. There is never any love lost in the rivalry that, lately, has been pretty one-sided. But tonight, a conference championship hangs in the balance as both teams bring in unbeaten marks in the Western Indiana Conference. Add in the fact that it's Senior Night at Northview and emotions will undoubtedly be running high.

West Vigo surely has designs on ending a three-game losing streak to the Knights. Even worse if you're a Viking fan, the losses have come by an average margin of 52-10.

That's a sore spot no matter who you are, let alone in a rivalry like Vikings vs. Knights.

Both teams are coming off conference victories at the RCA Dome. The Vikings shutdown Owen Valley 17-0 while the Knights pasted South Vermillion 63-20 in an offensive display that brought back memories of last season's high-powered attack.

The Vikings have designs on shutting down Northview's offense which rang up over 500 yards of total offense.

Three different quarterbacks saw time for the Knights, but only because the team had such a comfortable lead.

Caleb Whitman had more than 200 yards passing with four touchdowns on just eight completions. The biggest of which was a middle screen pass to Jered Timm from the Knights' own five-yard line which went for 95 yards and a score.

Timm, who has become a full time receiver after beginning the year at running, had five catches for an eye popping 182 yards and two scores.

There are no doubts that the Vikings will keep a steady eye on both players which means the Knights will need some balance.

West Vigo held Owen Valley to just 45 yards of total offense last week including just 24 yards rushing. They also picked off three passes from Justin Mosier.

Being able to establish the running game early is going to be very important as is capturing the all-important momentum early in the game.

West Vigo quarterback, Landon Keith, has the mobility to run the ball when he needs to so the Knights front four getting pressure will continue to be very important. Last week they did a great job of chasing South Vermillion's talented sophomore quarterback in the second half and forcing mistakes. If they can do that this week they will be that much closer to a fourth win in a row over the Vikings.

Keith had his issues throwing the ball against Owen Valley, completing just four-of-16 passes, but the Viking defense held Mosier to just two-of-15 completions. The word that best describes the aerial game at the dome was 'ugly.'

Important for Northview as well will be limiting the big play which did the most damage against the Wildcats. The Knights allowed an 82-yard kickoff return and also allowed a 49-yard pass for a score too.

Be sure that Northview's coaching staff has made a point of working on staying in position to put a halt to the Vikings' running duo of Kameron Silcock and Andy Jackson who combine to average 120 yards per game.

On defense, Jesse Padgett leads the team in tackles from his linebacker spot with more than 50 on the season. He's followed by teammate Caleb Tilford who is also approaching the 50 mark. Lucas Mackey leads the team in interceptions as well as receiving.

The Knights are hoping to keep the momentum rolling as the regular season comes to a close in another week and sectional draws are made. With a road trip to winless Brown County on the slate next week, the Knights are hoping to head into the postseason on a three-game winning streak. That continues tonight with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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