Times Staff Reporter
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Northview Football made the most of a unique opportunity with a decisive WIC victory over Edgewood (0-2) in the Marsh Hoosier Classic, at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback Trent Lancaster dominated the Mustang defense, putting up a combined 303 yards and five touchdowns, while the Northview defense forced five turnovers, including an interception for a touchdown, and the Knights left Indianapolis with a 48-33 victory.
After their first two offensive series' stalled, the Northview D took the scoring into their own hands. Hunter Robertson stepped in front of a Grant Pederson pass and raced 52 yards for a score to give the Knights an early 6-0 lead. Northview coach Grant Gettle said the play helped his team focus and relaxed the nerves they undoubtedly felt playing on a much larger stage than usual.
"That was a big play," Gettle said. "Once we got up it calmed our players down and we were able to play the way we were hoping to."
Damon Hyatt was the next Knight to take control of the game in his hands with impressive plays on both sides of the ball. Hyatt picked off Pederson and returned the ball 27 yards. Three plays later Hyatt was in the end zone as result of a 22 yard run, giving Northview a 12-0 lead.
The Mustangs seemingly took some momentum back, driving down the field with a very impressive 11 play 61 yard drive which culminated in a 2 yard touchdown run by Kyle Williams. Unfazed, the Knights not only bounced back from the potential adversity, but exploded out of the gates to bounce the Mustangs from contention.
On Edgewood's next series, Jr. Hubbard, who led the Knights with 10 tackles, dropped Pederson for one of this three sacks, forcing a fumble, which Taylor Pinnick picked up and raced 31 yards to the Mustang 11. Lancaster scored a 2 yard TD two plays later.
The scoring explosion concluded with another pick, this time by Chance Talbot, which ended with a 15 yard Lancaster touchdown pass to Zac Niehaus. Gettle said he was very pleased to see success come via such a collaborative effort from his offense and defense.
"The kids were having a lot of fun out there and it showed," Gettle said. "Our defense was setting us up with nice field position and the offense took advantage. It was a complete effort."
Edgewood seemingly got back in the game, scoring as time expired in the first half, and again on their opening drive in the second, pulling within 34-19. But as he had done all day, Lancaster answered the Edgewood comeback attempt with a gutsy performance.
Facing a 4th and 2, Lancaster found a crease around the right end and raced for a critical 25 yard gain. Three plays later, he found Bradshaw for the second time, this time from five yards out, and erased what little doubt may have crept into spectators minds that the Knights would be unable to finish.
Despite the impressive WIC win, the day wasn't 100% for Northview. Hunter Robinson, who set the tone early with his 52-yard pick six, left the game at the end of the third quarter with what coach Gettle said was a sprained tendon in his knee. Though Robinson didn't return to action, Gettle called the junior DB "an extremely tough kid" and expressed little doubt he would return to action next week.
The win wasn't special for Northview purely because of the grand stage it occurred on, but it also proved to be a solid bout of revenge. Northview's string of four consecutive WIC titles came to an end last year when Edgewood took the crown, while handing the Knights a crushing 35-14 defeat in the process.
With the win, Northview improves to 2-0. In their first two contests, the Knights have seemingly been unstoppable, putting up the obese sum of 81 points. Gettle, who expressed great admiration for the school and the community for their support in making the trip to Lucas Oil come about, said he was extremely pleased, but not overly surprised by this squad's hot start.
"We felt like we had an awful lot of talent on this team going in, so we expected to score a lot of points," Gettle said. "As long as we are winning everyone is happy, and so far so good.
The Knights will host Terre Haute North on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
At Lucas Oil Stadium (Marsh Hoosier Classic)
Northview 48, Edgewood 33
NV-Hunter Robinson 52-yard interception return (kick failed) :48
NV- Damon Hyatt 22 yard run (kick failed) 8:47
EW- Kyle Williams 2 yard run (kick blocked) 3:48
NV- Jonathon Bradshaw 43 yard catch from Trent Lancaster (Lancaster to Stevenson 2 pt. conversion) 2:54
NV- Trent Lancaster 3 yard run (Niehaus kick) 1:48
NV- Zac Niehaus 15 yard pass from Lancaster (Niehaus kick) :43
EW- James Ridge 8 yard pass from Grant Pederson (Jordon Groff kick) :00
EW- Kyle Williams 13 yard run (kick failed) 8:57
NV- Jonathon Bradshaw 5 yard pass from Lancaster (Niehaus kick) 7:07
NV- Andrew Butts 48 yard pass from Lancaster (Niehaus kick) 9:04
EW- Kyle Williams 1 yard run (kick blocked) 6:16
EW- James Ridge 15 yard pass from Tyler Cross (Bry Delos Santos 2 pt. conversion) 1:19
Rushing -- Edgewood: (Kyle Williams 16-132 3 TD, Bry Delos Santos 7-83, Grant Pederson 11-39, Tyler Cross 6-20, Zach Ferguson 2-2); Northview- Trent Lancaster 20-161 TD, Damon Hyatt 5-56 TD, Drake Stevenson 9-47
Passing -- Edgewood: (Pederson 8-16 74, TD, 3 INT, Cross 5-13 65 TD); Northview (Lancaster 9-22, 4 TD, INT)
Receiving -- Edgewood (Ridge 6-55 2TD, Delos Santos 3-40, Williams 1-12, Cross 1-9, Hupp 1-6, Fisher 1-0); Northview (Niehaus 4-43 TD, Bradshaw 3-42 2 TD, Butts 2-57 TD)