Times Sports Editor
Northview's freshmen football team rode a strong defensive effort and timely offensive drives to a 12-0 season opening victory over Terre Haute North on Monday evening.
The Patriots opened the game with their most sustained drive of the game, moving the ball to Northview's 20-yard line on the legs of Cayleb Knox and Rashawn Appleton.
Following a 13-yard carry by Knox to Northview's 17-yard line, back-to-back flags on first down moved the ball back to the 33-yard line.
Thomas King carried the ball eight yards on second down and then another five to bring up fourth down-and-13 from the 20-yard line. The Knights stood tall on defense to force an incomplete pass and the turnover.
Northview answered back with a long drive of its own, getting a 44-yard run by Damon Hyatt into the Patriots' end of the field. Chance Talbot followed with an 11-yard carry to set up a five-yard score from quarterback Tyler Wilson for a 6-0 lead with 9:02 left in the half.
The remainder of the half was a defensive stalemate with Northview forcing another fourth down at its own 30-yard line. Patriots' Scott Finzel completed a short three-yard pass to Brandon Pritcher, but the Knights hauled him down well short of the first down marker.
Talbot and Hyatt's runs highlighted the drive, including a 25-yard carry by Hyatt to the Patriots' 15-yard line on a fourth-and-six situation. The Patriots were able to hold the Knights to negative yardage on the first two plays before a flag on North set up Northview with a third-and-six at the 11-yard line.
Wilson took the snap and scampered around the corner for the touchdown that extended the lead to 12-0 following a failed conversion run.
Alex Jervis cemented the deal with a last drive interception of Finzel.
From there, Northview's starting line of Ethan Stewart, Jeb Thomas, Tanner Glenn and Frank Beasley held strong and the Knights' linebacker corp of Chance Talbot, Aaron See and Jordan Girton kept the game scoreless. The Knights' reserves did an excellent job of maintaining the intensity during their time on the field.
Next game: Northview travels to Franklin on Saturday at 10 a.m.