Another Western Indiana Conference trophy is within sight this evening for the Northview football team. With a victory tonight over winless Brown County, the Knights can claim an outright championship, their fourth straight overall.
The Eagles had their first win within grasp last week against Edgewood, leading 13-6 in the fourth quarter and with the ball at midfield, the Mustangs' Josh Collier stripped the ball away from Brown County's Shane Hedrick. Edgewood then pounded the ball down their throats to score the TD. To add a little insult to injury, the Mustangs went for a two-point conversion and the win, rather than a game-tying extra point.
Edgewood scored the conversion and kept the Eagles in a funk.
Tonight, Northview hopes to keep Brown County winless on the way to hoisting the WIC trophy.
Brown County is led by all-purpose back, Shane Hedrick and wide receiver Garrett Davis who is a threat to go deep and has the size (6'2) to give corners fits if quarterback Kirk Graber can get the ball to his wide outs.
If Northview has any thoughts of looking past the Eagles to the sectional contest with Jasper, they have no farther to look than 2003 when the team traveled to Nashville and expected a victory. But the Eagles were able to rise up in frigid temps that night and score a 35-20 win on their home turf.
In fact, the Knights evidently learned quite a lot that night about not overlooking any WIC opponent because that frigid night in 2003 was the last time they lost a conference game. Twenty-three victories later, the Knights can polish off their fourth straight unbeaten conference season.
Last week the Knights got a good hard look at what it feels like to be scrambling from behind. A determined West Vigo squad came out firing on Senior Night for Northview and took it to the Knights in the first half, leading 13-7.
The Knights refocused during the halftime break and then ran off 33 second half points to win 40-13.
The biggest reason for that comeback was the Northview running attack which has been effective of late.
The Knights ran for nearly all of their 200 yards in the second half and got 50-plus yards each from Nick Lancaster, Wes Sorlie and Nathan Williams while wearing down the Vikings. Williams and Sorlie each had two scores in the victory and Northview hopes to have more of the same success tonight.
The passing game had some big struggles as senior Caleb Whitman went just four-of-15 despite connecting on a big TD pass to Jered Timm who had another big night.
The senior wideout caught four balls for 130 yards and two TD's and freshman quarterback Trent Lancaster completed two-of-four passes for 37 yards and a TD in the second half.
A great deal of credit goes to the Northview defense for their improved play in the second half. After being unable to stop the Vikings during a first half drive that went the length of the field, the Knights stiffened up and allowed just one more score before shutting out the Vikings in the second half.
Northview is going to be looking for more of the same in order to lock up the title and keep momentum heading into the postseason.
Kickoff tonight will be at 7 p.m. at Nashville.