Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- When the Northview Knights come in to look at last night's film against West Vigo, it's not likely to do much for their appetites.
Victory was tantalizingly close for the Knights, who scored a go ahead touchdown late in the third quarter. But the Vikings were the one who found the scoreboard last for a 14-13 win that drops the Knights to 3-5 overall.
Untimely penalties and ultimately, a missed extra point, were to blame for this heartbreaker that ended a five-game winning streak over the Vikings.
The Knights got on the board first, with just four minutes gone in the first quarter when Zach Boetjer hauled in a 20-yard pass from Trent Lancaster to the three-yard line and Wes Sorlie punched it in for a 7-0 lead.
The Knights had a shot shortly afterwards to add to the lead after pinning the Vikings deep in their own territory and forcing a punt.
Zac Niehaus grabbed an 18-yard reception down to the Vikings' 25-yard line.
On second down, Niehaus scored an apparent touchdown for the Knights, but the play was nullified on a holding call. Two plays later, Drake Stevenson caught another pass that went for a score, but once more the play was canceled on a penalty.
"We shot ourselves in the foot," commented Northview coach George Gettle afterwards. "We score two touchdowns and have them called back.
The drive wouldn't end in any points for the Knights, who failed to convert a fourth down play.
Perhaps even tougher was losing Niehaus to an apparent leg injury that kept him out the remainder of the game.
The game remained scoreless until the Vikings mounted a drive that resulted in a two-yard run by Kameron Silcock with 8:55 left in the period.
The tie score apparently shook the Knights' offense into gear.
Lancaster carried the ball four consecutive times after a three-yard gain by Sorlie started the following drive for Northview.
Facing a fourth-and-three situation at West Vigo's 39-yard line, Lancaster found Boetjer for 15 yards and a first down to the 24-yard line.
Lancaster did the rest one play later, scooting through the line and outracing defenders to the goal line where he crashed into the endzone for a 13-7 lead.
The extra point by Ken Wright, however, was wide with 5:15 remaining in the quarter.
The Vikings were forced to punt on the next drive and the Knights drove the ball once more into West Vigo territory.
Facing third-and-two at the 28-yard line, a holding call pushed the Knights back into a passing situation. Back-to-back incomplete passes dashed the scoring opportunity.
West Vigo took over and converted a fourth-and-three near midfield before a 20-yard Silcock run set the Vikings up at the Knights' 30-yard line.
On first down, West Vigo was called for holding and pushed back 15 yards.
In prime position to make a defensive stop, the Knights were called for roughing the passer, which gave West Vigo an untimely first down.
The Vikings weren't immune either, drawing a pair of flags to set up a second-and-25 call from the Knights' 33-yard line.
A short pass and a narrowly incomplete halfback pass to a wide open Silcock set up fourth-and-18 for the Vikings.
Quarterback Landon Keith came to the rescue.
Keith took the snap and scrambled out of the pocket, with no receivers open, he took off back across the field where he found the corner and rambled down the sideline and into the endzone for the score with 7:42 remaining.
The extra point was good and the Knights suddenly trailed 14-13.
The Knights were unfazed on offense, taking over at their own 29-yard line, Northview began their march.
A pass to Boetjer for 11 yards, a three-yard run by Sorlie and a first down run by Lancaster got them into Vikings' territory.
Sorlie and Lancaster ran back-to-back plays down to the Vikings 31-yard line.
Lancaster kept the ball on another big run down to the 20-yard line, but a holding call canceled the run. Lancaster was stopped for a loss on second down and then sacked on third-and-six.
Facing fourth down, Lancaster's deep pass was picked off to end the Knights' hopes at a comeback.
"Hats off to West Vigo," said Gettle. "Our effort was good, but we just came out on the losing end. It was a good conference game.
Losing Zac (Niehaus) early didn't help. He leads our team in interceptions and in receiving," continued Gettle.
Northview wraps up its regular season with a home game against Brown County on Friday night.
West Vigo 14, Northview 13
Northview 7 0 6 0 -- 13
West Vigo 0 0 7 7 -- 14
Nv -- Wes Sorlie 3 run (Ken Wright kick), 8:00 1st WV -- Kameron Silcock 2 run (Nathan Gregg kick), 8:55 3rd
Nv -- Trent Lancaster 23 run (kick failed), 5:15 3rd WV -- Landon Keith 26 run (Gregg kick), 7:42 4th
Passing yards 68 115
Individual statistics Rushing: Northview -- Lancaster 19-100, Kade Baker 5-32, Sorlie 6-20, Corey Crowder 1-9. West Vigo -- Silcock 13-71, Keith 17-60, Dylan Aff 3-32, Nick Cramer 3-11, John Burt 1-1, team 1-minus 23.
Passing: Northview -- Lancaster 4-8-1-68. West Vigo -- Keith 12-17-0-115, Aaron Welch 0-1-0-0. Receiving: Northview -- Zach Boetjer 3-50, Zac Niehaus 1-18. West Vigo -- Welch 4-51, Cramer 3-5, Aff 2-37, Lucas Mackey 2-14, Silcock 1-8.
Next -- West Vigo (6-2, 3-1 in Western Indiana Conference) plays Sullivan at home next Friday. Northview (3-5, 1-3) has a home game with Brown County that night.