Times Staff Reporter
Northview's JV Football team fell hard on their home field against a very tough Terre Haute North team Monday night.
The Patriots jumped all over the Knights (0-2) early, as the potent combination of halfback Cayleb Knox and quarterback Brian Gehrich proved to be a lethal combo, combining for all five North touchdowns in a 34-0 rout.
Knox got things started bursting through the Knights defense for a 51-yard run on the game's first play. He then scored the game's first points with a 2-yard touchdown four plays later.
Gehrich kept the momentum going scoring the next two North touchdowns on runs of 49 and 2 yards respectively, giving the Patriots a cozy 20-0 edge by quarters end.
Though they were unable to crack the end zone, Northview got a promising performance from quarterback Cole Dickison. Dickison went 10-15, for 97 yards and an interception. He also led the Knights' rushing attack, netting 21 yards on six carries.
A big kicker for Northview offensively was big losses on first down. Two drives were derailed with a combination of false start and offsides penalties, while a third quarter drive saw a delay-of-game set the Knights back after a third down conversion.
On defense, the standout performance came from DB Nathan Duregger, who recovered a fumble forced by Çam Guy in the second, made a swift deflection of a screen pass in the third and blocked a field goal in the fourth.
Knights' coach Nathan Hopf said he would have liked to have seen a better end result, but maintained an optimistic outlook for his players as they progress further into the season.
"The purpose of JV is to make the varsity better," Hopf said. "These guys are kind of on the low end of the totem pole, but as long as they go out and keep trying, that's all we ask of them."
Hopf credited his defense for continuing to play with high energy, allowing only one second half score after being dashed in the first half of play.
"I was very pleased with our intensity level after the half," Hopf said. "The kids could have laid down and quit but they didn't. They came out and kept playing hard."
Hopf said the focus of his squad would be to return to scout team duties to help prepare the varsity for a pivotal game Saturday against Edgewood in the Marsh Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium.
After a hard week of running opposing teams' plays, he hoped to see his team bring a continued high level of intensity to upcoming junior varsity contests.
"Right now our goal is to prepare the varsity for Edgewood," Hopf said. "After that, we are going to try and rebound, and come back out here and do it all over again."
The Knights JV will return to action next Monday with a home game against Franklin. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Terre Haute North 34, Northview 0
Next Game: Northview will return to action Monday, August 31, with a home game against Franklin.