Times Sports Editor
There couldn't have been any more of a difference between the first and second half of play for the Northview Knights on Friday night.
After celebrating Senior Night, Northview came out flat and the Brown County Eagles were ready to play while taking a 14-6 lead at halftime.
The second half was considerably different as Northview scored 36 unanswered points over the final two quarters of a 42-14 WIC victory to wrap the regular season.
Northview coach George Gettle was quick to point out the emotion of the final home game for seniors as a possible culprit for the sluggish opening half.
"On Senior Night it's hard to come out tough, there's just so much emotion," said Gettle. "We were just flat. It wasn't a fun locker room at halftime. Our play was night and day."
Over a one-minute span of the third quarter, the Knights made it clear that the second half was going to be much different.
Northview forced a punt on the Eagles first possession of the half and took over at the 48-yard line. The Knights stayed on the ground for all seven plays of the drive with Trent Lancaster running for 10 yards on the first play and Wes Sorlie ripping off another 20 yards.
Lancaster finished off the drive with his second TD run of the game, a four-yard run to get within 14-12 with 5:28 left in the quarter.
Going for the two-point conversion, Lancaster found Jonathan Bradshaw for the tying points.
The momentum continued to shift on the following kickoff as Ken Wright dropped his kick in an open area deep in Eagles' territory. The Northview special teams made the tackle at the seven-yard line.
With terrible field position, Eagles' quarterback Ben Scalf rolled out and threw the ball right to Northview sophomore Tyler Trout, who was making his first varsity appearance.
One play later, Lancaster raced in from 15-yards out.
In 1:02 of game time, the Knights turned an eight-point deficit into a 21-14 lead.
The Eagles never recovered.
In the first half, Scalf went to 6'2 wide receiver Garrett Davis four times for 71 yards and a TD. But the Knights took him out of the game in the second half and Brown County had no answer.
"We bracketed him in coverage (in the second half)," said Gettle. "We made adjustments and decided to double-team (Davis) and take him out of the game."
The decision paid off as Scalf was picked off twice trying to force the ball into tight spaces after halftime.
Kade Baker picked off the second pass on the Eagles' next possession. Northview took over at midfield and began to pound the ball at the Eagles again.
Six straight running plays and a personal foul penalty on a first down run by Lancaster set up the Knights' QB for a 13-yard score to Zach Boetjer.
The next Northview touchdown took just one play after the Eagles turned the ball over on downs.
Lancaster hooked up with Boetjer again, this time across the middle. A block by Bradshaw sprung Boetjer, who took it 81 yards for a 35-14 lead.
Northview's defense pinned their ears back over the second half of the game, which was readily apparent on the Eagles' final possession.
Kyle Pestoff, Nathan Williams and Tony Fabbri had sacks on three straight plays to pin Brown County at their 11-yard line.
A short punt set up Wes Sorlie for a one-yard run to complete the scoring.
"I laid it on the line at halftime," said Gettle. "Across the board, everyone had to step up and we did that. We have had problems finishing games, but anytime you win it builds confidence."
The Knights held the Eagles to just 13 rushing yards on 21 carries in the game.
Northview opens sectional play on the road at Evansville Reitz on Friday night.
Northview 42, Brown County 14
BC -- Shane Hedrick one-yard run (kick good), 7:33
Nv -- Trent Lancaster eight-yard run (kick failed), 1:08
BC -- Ben Scalf pass to Garrett Davis 17-yards (kick good), 0:42
Nv -- Trent Lancaster four-yard run (Lancaster pass to Bradshaw), 5:28
Nv -- Trent Lancaster 15-yard run (Ken Wright kick), 4:26
Nv -- Trent Lancaster 13-yard pass to Zach Boetjer (Wright kick), 10:48
Nv -- Lancaster 81-yard pass to Boetjer (kick good), 7:29
Nv -- Wes Sorlie one-yard run (kick good), :10.4
|Passing yards 188||145|
Rushing: Northview -- Lancaster 19-128 2TD, Baker 2-5, Sorlie 16-68 TD, Crowder 1-16. Brown County -- Hedrick 3-27, Carlile 5-23, Scalf 7-(-19), Harper 1-(-4), Leggins 6-16.
Passing: Northview -- Lancaster 9-20 188 yards 2 TD. West Vigo -- Scalf 14-29 145 yards, 1 Td, 2 Int. Receiving: Northview -- Boetjer 4-113 2 TD, Bradshaw 2-56, Baker 1-11, Stevenson 2-8. Brown County -- Davis 4-71 TD, Harper 5-32, Fowler 2-22, Hedrick 1-2, Carlile 1-17, Leggins 1-11.
Next -- Northview (4-5 overall) travel to Evansville Reitz to begin sectional play on Friday.