Times Sports Editor
Pardon the Vincennes Lincoln freshmen football team if it would rather not see Northview's Damon Hyatt again anytime soon.
The Knights versatile running back and secondary whiz posted a running touchdown, a kickoff return for a score and a pair of interceptions as Northview blanked the visiting Alices, 26-0 on Thursday evening.
Defense and big running plays led the Knights to the win that improved Northview's season mark to 3-1 overall.
The Alices took the opening kickoff and strung together a 56-yard drive to open the game, powering down to the Knights' 16-yard line. But Northview's defense stood tall, forcing a fourth-and-11 situation. The Alices went to the air on the play, but came up empty on an incompletion.
From there, Hyatt gained a first down on an eight-yard carry and then found paydirt on a 14-yard run to open the second quarter.
Special teams got the job done on the ensuing kickoff as a floating kick died along the sideline in Alices' territory. Northview's Frank Beasley was first to the ball and smothered it to give the Knights possession once more.
Hyatt got the ball on the first play again, gathering in a pass from Tyler Wilson and churning out 18 yards.
Jordan Girton was next up, carrying three straight times and scoring on a four-yard run at the 7:23 mark. His extra point kick gave the Knights a 13-0 lead that stood at halftime.
The Knights defense held the rest of the way, forcing another fourth down incompletion at midfield leading into the intermission.
Opening the second half, Northview was set to receive the kickoff and Hyatt grabbed the Alices' boot and zigged into the defense before zagging to the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown return and a 20-0 lead.
Vincennes put together a promising drive on their next possession after taking over deep in its own territory.
Keeping the ball on the ground, the Alices moved the ball to midfield where Northview's defense forced a fourth-and-seven situation.
Vincennes went for it and got a bit lucky when Konner Eck scrambled towards the sideline with Knights' hot on his heels. Eck was able to whip a throw back across the grain that was hauled in by Taylor George for a 27-yard gain and a new set of downs.
Kyle Joyce gobbed up another first down on four consecutive runs to Northview's 10-yard line before Gunnar Hutchison's second down pass was yanked away by Hyatt to halt the drive and preserve the shutout.
Hyatt did the same on Vincennes next drive to set up the Knights' final scoring drive.
Taking over at their own five-yard line, the Knights handed off to Kreig Wallen, who rambled around the end for 46 yards after breaking a tackle.
Baylor Girton took over the rushing duties the remainder of the drive, scooting for a 24-yard gain and a five-yard jaunt before Wilson kept the ball for a 22-yard TD run with 2:25 left in the game.
From there, the Knights' defense kept the shutout in check with some hard nosed play by Rocky McGuffin, Aaron See, Tanner Glenn, Ethan Stewart and Bryant Pestoff amongst others.
The Knights improved to 3-1 overall and are off until Oct. 9 when West Vigo comes calling for a 6 p.m. contest.
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Next game: Northview (3-1 overall) hosts West Vigo on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.