Times Sports Editor
VINCENNES -- The Northview Knights have been looking to finish games the way they've been starting them this year.
On Friday night, they did just that, sparked by a timely defense and great special teams play to score a 33-20 road win to spoil Vincennes Lincoln's Homecoming.
The Northview special teams blocked its third punt in two games, returning a second half Alices' punt for a touchdown and picked off three Jake Stone passes after the half to cap the team's second win of the year.
"We fought through adversity and finished," said coach George Gettle. "That's the third time we've been ahead at halftime and this time we came out in the second half and played with emotion and fire."
The adversity that Gettle referred to was a serious leg injury that occurred early in the game to senior Kyle McCoy. Early reports were that McCoy suffered a broken leg and he was taken to the hospital in Terre Haute for examination.
"We hope that Kyle is going to be okay," said Gettle. "It was a serious injury and our thoughts are with Kyle."
With McCoy on the field, the Knights halted Vincennes' first drive when the Knights forced a fumble that Jordan Keller scooped up and raced 45-yards to paydirt to quickly gain a 7-0 lead after Ken Wright's extra point boot.
Northview moved the ball down to the 10-yard line, but couldn't gain any yardage from there and a 27-yard fieldgoal missed.
Vincennes finally got its feet under them on the following drive as Bouchie found his rhythm.
The senior running back carried the ball four times for 17 yards and caught a pass for another 16 on the way to scoring from three yards out for the Alices.
Vincennes came right back after intercepting a pass from Trent Lancaster on the third play of the Knights next drive.
Bouchie quickly found himself in the endzone again, scoring on the third play from eight yards out as Vincennes took a 14-7 lead.
Fate again smiled on the Alices the next time Northview had the ball, this time on an interception from senior Bryce Small.
The turnover gave the Alices the ball at their own 39-yard line, but a holding call pinned them back in a fourth-and-11 situation.
Northview's special teams came to the rescue as Crowder led a group of the Knights through the Alices' front to block the boot. Jonathan Bradshaw scooped up the loose ball and zipped in from 35 yards out to even the score at 14-apiece.
"That's three punts we've blocked in two games. That block was a huge play. It's something we've been practicing," said Gettle.
The play gave Northview that extra spark they needed as the defense forced a four-and-out from Vincennes and took over at it's own 29-yard line following a punt.
Kade Baker took a third down handoff and raced 22 yards for a first down and Lancaster found Zac Niehaus for a 20 yard pickup. Drake Stevenson gave the Knights the lead when he grabbed another Lancaster pass along the back of the endzone for a 20-14 lead at halftime.
After the break, the Knights received the opening kickoff and came out in a no-huddle offense that worked the perfection.
Driving 65 yards in eight plays, Niehaus hauled in a perfect pass from Lancaster down the sideline for a 34-yard score and a 26-14 advantage.
"We came out in a no huddle to start the second half," said Gettle. "It's the first time we've used it and it caught them off guard."
Trailing by two scores, Vincennes was forced to go to the air, which proved to be perfect for the Knights.
Hunter Robertson, Kade Baker and Niehaus all picked Stone passes off in the second half and the Knights got a three-yard, fourth quarter score from Wes Sorlie to complete the victory.
Bouchie scored a late touchdown for the Alices with just 3:06 left to complete the scoring.
The win improves the Knights' record to 2-4 overall with a WIC game against South Vermillion next Friday night at 7 p.m.
Northview 33, Vincennes Lincoln 21
Nv -- Jordan Keller 45-yard fumble return (Ken Wright kick), 8:04
Vin -- Curtis Bouchie three-yard run (kick failed), 10:40
Vin -- Bouchie eight-yard run (pass to Bryce Small), 9:33
Nv -- Punt block, Jonathan Bradshaw 35-yard return (Wright kick), 4:47
Nv -- Trent Lancaster 21 yard pass to Drake Stevenson (kick failed), 0:55
Nv -- Lancaster 34-yard pass to Zac Niehaus (Pass failed), 8:46
Nv -- Wes Sorlie three-yard run (Wright kick), 9:01
Vin -- Bouchie two-yard run (kick good), 3:06
Rushing -- Northview: Baker 4-48, Lancaster 12-53, Sorlie 16-97 TD; Vincennes: Barmes 3-8, Stone 5-8, Bouchie 20-121 3 TD, Eck 1-2.
Passing -- Northview: T.Lancaster 8-14 121 yards, 2TD, 2 Int..; Vincennes: Stone 9-21 143 yards, 0 TD, 3 Int.
Receiving -- Northview: Neihaus 5-77 yards TD, Bradshaw 1-15, Stevenson 1-21 TD, Sorlie 1-8. Vincennes: Small 6-108, Bouchie 1-16, Braun 1-10, Tucker 1-6.