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Knights fumble away chance at WIC victory

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Zac Niehaus makes a leaping interception during Friday's game against Owen Valley.

Times Sports Editor

SPENCER -- If you're a Northview football fan and your looking for Friday's game tape against Owen Valley, your likely to find it somewhere in the Horror Section.

The Knights have to look no further than the bathroom mirror to see the culprit who beat them in Friday night's Western Indiana Conference battle against the Patriots.

Northview lost five fumbles and two other bad snaps cost them a safety and set up a short field for Owen Valley's first touchdown in a 24-20 defeat.

"We made too many mistakes," said coach George Gettle. "We turned the ball over too much. If you count the bad snaps, we gave them six or seven extra opportunities. For us to be ahead at halftime, we were very fortunate."

Northview's Kyle McCoy (No. 30) and Corey Crowder (No. 20) bring down an Owen Valley runner.
That fortune came directly from an Owen Valley squad that proved just as inept as the Knights in the first half.

The Patriots had eight drives in the first two quarters, consisting of a total of 24 offensive plays. Amidst those plays were, two interceptions, a safety, two blocked punts and a single-play drive that resulted in a score.

Owen Valley's first drive ended quickly after one play led to a Zac Niehaus interception to set up the Knights at the Patriots' 17-yard line.

Northview drove to the doorstep with a second-and-goal at the one-yard line, but Trent Lancaster coughed up the ball in a situation that would prove to be way too common.

Instead of a potential seven points, the Knights did grab two, when Mitch Haviland and Corey Crowder broke through to halt Mike Turley in the endzone for a safety.

After the ensuing free kick, the Knights marched down the field and completed a 46-yard drive with a two-yard Wes Sorlie touchdown run for an 8-0 lead.

The Patriots went four plays and punted on their next drive and the Knights had a shot at adding to their lead. However, three straight incomplete passes led to a punt at the 42-yard line for the Knights.

The snap sailed over Kade Baker's head and Owen Valley recovered at the nine-yard line. One play later, the momentum firmly shifted as Andrew Hershberger scampered in for a score to narrow the gap to 8-6.

Special teams set up the Knights with another chance to extend the lead after Drake Stevenson blocked a punt and Baker recovered at the Patriots 15-yard line.

Sorlie's fumble on the first play of the drive was recovered by the Patriots and another chance went by the wayside

Northview's defense remained stout in the first half, allowing only a 35-yard run by Hershberger that kept them from allowing just 2.0 yards per carry.

The Knights fumbled away the first play of their next offensive drive as well, nullifying a 30-yard pass reception when Niehaus fumbled the ball away.

Owen Valley couldn't take advantage and had a punt blocked again to set up the Knights.

This time around the Knights capitalized on a 29 and 14-yard run by Lancaster that leads up to a five-yard TD run by Stevenson for a 14-6 lead at break.

The second half was full of more mistakes for the Knights who allowed Owen Valley to string together a nine-play 50-yard drive for a Hershberger score. Quarterback Jeff Wilson scored on the two-point conversion and the game was knotted a 14-apiece.

The wheels continued to wobble for the Knights who started their next drive by losing 13 yards on a bad snap. They ended the possession with another that cost them two points as the ball skipped into the endzone for a safety.

Now trailing 16-14 near the end of the third quarter, the Knights got a full dose of Hershberger on the next drive.

The 5'6 senior speedster ran three times to the Knights 15-yard line before Wilson took the ball the rest of the way on a quarterback keeper and a 24-14 lead.

The Knights fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which looked like it might effectively dash any hopes of a comeback for Northview.

However, the Knights made a last run, scoring on a six-yard pass from Lancaster to John Bradshaw.

Northview held the Patriots on a fourth down and five play at their own 35-yard line to get one last opportunity, but four incomplete passes finished off the Knights loss.

"Hats off to them," said Gettle about the Patriots. "Sooner or later we'll play our best game."

The Knights (1-4 overall, 1-2 WIC) travel to Vincennes Lincoln on Friday night.

At Owen Valley

Owen Valley 24, Northview 20

Owen Valley60108-24

First Quarter

Nv -- Andrew Hershberger stopped for safety, 5:25

Nv -- Wes Sorlie two-yard run (kick failed), 3:12

OV -- Hershberger nine-yard run (run failed), :53

Second Quarter

Nv -- Drake Stevenson five-yard run (kick blocked), 1:59

Third Quarter

OV -- Hershberger seven-yard run (Wilson run)

OV -- Northview punt snap in endzone for safety), 47.5

Fourth Quarter

OV -- Wilson nine-yard run (Hershberger run), 9:46

Nv -- Trent Lancaster pass to John Bradshaw (kick blocked), 3:27

NvOwen Valley
First Downs1211
Passing yards14120
Total Offense241198

Individual Statistics

Rushing -- Northview: Baker 4-10, Lancaster 17-82, Sorlie 5-3 TD, Stevenson 1-5 TD; Owen Valley: Hershberger 23-139 2 TD, Shedd 7-2, Turley 4-(-4), Wilson 9-41.

Passing -- Northview: T.Lancaster 11-23 141 yards, 1 TD, 0 Int.; Owen Valley: Wilson 2-6 20 yards, 2 Int.

Receiving -- Northview: Bradshaw 1-6 TD, Baker 2-9, Niehaus 6-110, Stevenson 2-16; Owen Valley: Drescher 1-9, Warner 1-11.

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The coach needs to let all the kids play! Do you know how many kids are on that team and this is there last year to play. He needs to let all the kids play its not fair the same ones get to play and not others! Whats the point in haveing them practice and be on the team to sit on the side lines and watch.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 4:22 AM

Finally!! Someone that sees the same as I did when my son played football for the Knights. As a person I like Mr. Gettle. As a coach on the other hand I think he may need to rethink a few things.Maybe,just maybe if he would give the kids a chance he never does give the chance to he would be surprised at what they can do.When you have kids that are giving their all showing up for every practice,giving their team encouragement, and doing whatever is asked of them to do no matter what. When secertly they are just hoping to play at least just one time. My son was on that team for three years and got to play a total of 3 or 4 times if he was lucky and he was not the only one. There were several that were just like him. There were a few that chose not to play anymore because they knew it was no use when Mr. Gettle and Mr. Mikesell set their minds to the players they want to play all the time, that is it. It is like there were no other kids on that team. I think the coaches need to rethink how they treat ALL the players not just the ones they think are their stars. As we have seen they are not all the stars they think they are. Could they do any worse then the "stars" they have playing now? GIVE OTHER KIDS A CHANCE!!JMO

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 7:15 AM

Sports in this county are only good for a few. too bad... encouragment can go so far! Maybe a few new faces need to be seen and played

-- Posted by sassypants on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 11:08 AM

First off, there may be a few kids that should see some more time in the game situations.Let's not forget that if you show up your on the team, there are no cuts. Practice is the time when you have to prove yourself and it's good conditioning and dicipline for the kids.I know it's hard for a parent to watch their child not get to play much,and is also hard for that child to sit there and not get in the game.Mistakes, turnovers are what lost the game not the coaching.I know that most kids that go through all the workouts and the two-a-days and everything else to be on the team love the game of football but,love for the game doesn't mean they all perform at their highest potential.I don't know, do we all know how our children practice,or maybe their not getting to play the position they wanted or maybe something has happened in their time playing the game that makes them underachieve.Im just saying I don't know what goes on at practice, but being a coach myself I love when a parent approaches me and asks how their child is doing, or what can I help them work on, or my favorite "you need to be harder on them". They should have a better record right now,but coach Gettle and the Knights have done pretty well in the regular season the last several years.Best of luck to coach and the kids the rest the year and I personally can't wait for the next few years with all the talent that is coming up.

-- Posted by FBFAN on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 8:23 AM

Heard the game on the radio and you can't win and turn it over like the Knights did on Friday night. Varsity sports are intended for the best players to play and the goal is to win. Do you advocate that the sponsor for our academic teams take Special Ed. students because it makes them feel good. Work hard and get better if you want to play; if not be glad to be a part of a team. I understand that people want their kids to play but just because your on a team does not give you the right to play. It has to be earned and the coaches are the judge and the jury.

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 10:30 AM

The glory days of Northview football graduated with Broc Miller and his whole class!!

-- Posted by jv4life on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 2:43 PM

Ok but it is HIGHSCHOOL not pro and how many games have they won so far playing the same kids they have been. So whats it going to hurt playing all the kids. I thought it wasnt about winning its about having fun. Thats what I was always told in school.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 9:50 PM

As I said it is my opinion rdevil8. Your right on the turn overs, you cant win with so many. So why not change the ones that are making the turn overs? Make them work harder for that chance to play. Maybe they are taking it for granite that they are the ones that are always playing so no chance of them loosing their spot. As far as "special ed" kids in my opinion you are just mean to even say anything like that. I am saying if all the kids on the team are giving their all why not give them a chance? Can it be any worse that is already is? As sassypants said "encouragement can go a long way" so very true sassy.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 7:06 AM

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