Times Sports Editor
With one of the top scoring offenses in the state hitting the field for round five of the football season, the Northview Knights got plenty of scoring help from its defense as well.
With Homecoming as the backdrop and with a dance getting underway inside the school, how fitting that the Knights kept their WIC swagger by drilling the visiting Owen Valley Patriots with a 48-8 decision.
The Knights scored on the first play from scrimmage in each half as Drake Stevenson scored off a double reverse play to open the game, rolling 43 yards for a 6-0 lead. After the Knights kicked off to Owen Valley to open the second half, Damon Hyatt intercepted a pass from Brenna Tarrence and flashed down the sideline for a 50-yard score and a 26-0 Knights' advantage.
"The double reverse to start the game was a big play, we've never run a play like that ever so obviously we caught them off guard and the kids blocked it real well," Gettle said. "In the second half we pick one off right away and that set the tone. Anytime you can get big plays your sitting in a good situation."
There were plenty of big plays in each half by Northview as Chance Talbot recovered a fumble on the Patriots first offensive possession, but the Patriots' Gryfen Brinson intercepted quarterback Trent Lancaster's tipped pass to halt the Knights.
Penalties would become an issue for the second straight week, halting a couple of drives including one that possibly cost the Knights a touchdown following an interception by Jonathan Bradshaw.
Northview drove to the Owen Valley five-yard line where it faced a second and goal. However, a holding call and a sack pushed them back to a fourth-and-goal from the 19-yard line and the Patriots held.
"It was similar to last week, when we get things going it seemed like the penalties would stop our momentum and that's hard to overcome," Gettle said.
All told, the Knights had nine penalties for 105 yards in the game.
As it was, Northview went into the locker room with a 20-0 lead as Lancaster found Niehaus for a nine-yard score midway through the second quarter and Bradshaw caught the conversion pass.
Hyatt got Northview rolling to start the second half with his interception return for a score, but on the second possession for the Patriots, Talbot snatched a pass from Tarrence and raced 25 yards for a score and a 32-0 lead for the Knights.
Gettle was quick to point out the boost that the defense provided in the game.
"I think we had four interceptions and maybe a fumble or two recovered and two touchdowns on defense," Gettle said. "You know, we had three touchdowns called back so there was plenty of scoring left out there on the field. Bottom line is that the defense played well and we pretty much shut down their running game. They hit some passes on us and we'll have to go to the film and get those things corrected because obviously good teams will continue to go to that, but overall, great effort by the defense."
Trailing by a wide margin, the Patriots were forced to the air with some success, but not enough to overcome the deficit.
Lancaster threw his third touchdown pass with 6:11 left in the third period, finding Stevenson for a 15-yard score as the lead grew to 40-0.
Tarrence would get the Patriots on the board by finding Gryfen Brinson late in the third period for a 22-yard touchdown.
Lancaster would cap the Knights scoring to open the fourth quarter when he kept the ball himself for a 71-yard touchdown.
In the game, Lancaster threw for 290 yards on 19-27 passing and also rushed for 152 yards and a score. Niehaus had seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns with Stevenson grabbing six passes for 93 yards and a score.
Hunter Robinson returned from knee injury and added a late interception for the Knights.
"You know I thought the kids played hard, they played well and we're 3-0 in the conference," Gettle said. "We're 4-1 on the yard and obviously we've got things going in the right direction. We'll correct our mistakes. We're a long way away from playing the kind of football we want to play and expect to play."
NV -- Drake Stevenson 43-yard run on double reverse (kick failed), 11:39
NV -- Trent Lancaster five-yard pass to Zac Niehaus (pass failed), 0:17
NV -- Lancaster nine-yard pass to Niehaus (pass to Jon Bradshaw), 6:58
NV -- Damon Hyatt 50-yard interception return (run failed), 11:38
NV -- Chance Talbot 25-yard interception return (pass failed), 9:58
NV -- Lancaster 15-yard pass to Drake Stevenson (pass to Niehaus), 6:11
OV -- Brennan Tarrence 22-yard pass to Gryfen Brinson (pass to Brinson), 2:20
NV -- Trent Lancaster 71-yard run (pass to Niehaus), 10:53
Rushing -- Nv 30-233 (Lancaster 19-152 TD, Stevenson 2-45 TD, Hyatt 6-26, Hauser 3-11). OV -- 16-9 (Tarrence 4-(-7), Hershberger 7-23, Shedd 2-8, White 1-(-1), Vance 1-7, Other 1-(-21).
Passing -- Nv (Trent Lancaster 19-27 290 yards, 3 TD, 1 Int.), OV (Tarrence 18-30 174 yards, 1 TD, 3 Int.)
Receiving -- Nv (Niehaus 7-145 yards 2TD, Stevenson 6-93 TD, Bradshaw 4-34, Butts 2-17), OV (Brinson 3-55 TD, Lowe 1-11, Vance 8-72, Drescher 2-14, White 2-8, Amos 1-12, Shedd 1-13).