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Two Knights are All-State football

Friday, December 4, 2009

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Northview junior quarterback threw for more than 2,000 yards this season and 23 touchdowns while running for more than 900 for the conference champion Knights.
BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM

Times Staff Reporter

Two Northview football standouts were rewarded for their excellent on-field accomplishments by earning postseason accolades.

Quarterback Trent Lancaster and wide receiver Zac Niehaus were each named as honorable mentions to the IHSAA Class 4A All State Team, after leading the Knights to an 8-2 record and a Western Indiana Conference title in 2009. Lancaster and Niehaus were also named to the all-WIC team. Knights' coach George Gettle spoke very highly of the honorees and said he was very pleased with what the accolades meant both to the players personally and for the school.

"It's just a tremendous honor for Northview High School," Gettle said. "It's well deserved on the part of the individuals as well."

Gettle knows a bit about coaching the position as he helped mold three separate Bloomington South quarterbacks to All-State status as Rex Grossman (1998), Steve Sutherland (1999) and Kevin Prall (2000, 2001) each earned the honor with Gettle as the offensive coordinator for the Panthers.

Lancaster is the second Northview quarterback to earn All-State status after Broc Miller earned the distinction in 2006.

Lancaster had an exceptional season as the Knights' signal caller, completing nearly 60% of his passes, while throwing for 2,053 yards and 23 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions. He was also Northview's leading rusher, accumulating 951 yards on 196 carries (4.8 YPC) and 13 rushing touchdowns. Lancaster expressed gratitude in being named among the elite players in the state.

"You always want to see your name mentioned with players that good," Lancaster said. "It's a good honor."

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Zac Niehaus, also a junior, caught 46 passes for eight touchdowns and 663 yards to earn All-State status.
Niehaus also flourished as Lancaster's favorite target in the Northview aerial attack. He led the Knights in receptions (46), receiving yards (663) and receiving touchdowns (eight). Niehaus also added 11 extra points as the Northview placekicker and finished second on the team in two-point conversions (three). Niehaus echoed Lancaster's sentiments about being recognized as an upper echelon football player.

"It's an honor to be mentioned among such a select group of athletes state wide," Niehaus said.

Niehaus is also the third Northview wide receiver to earn All-State honors under Gettle's eight season coaching regime. Michael Landry earned All-State status in 2005 with Chase Yocom making the team in 2006.

While honored, both players seemed uninterested in shining a spotlight on themselves. Niehaus said he was happy to be honored from an individual standpoint, but said he thought his success gave "more recognition for the team."

Both Lancaster and Niehaus will be returning next year with hopes of building on the success of their junior seasons. While they both seemed to indicate being named to the All-State team would be something they were striving for, their main goal was to build on the success of the '09 season, which ended in disappointment with a first round sectional loss to Jasper.

"Football is the ultimate team sport," Lancaster said. "You want yourself to succeed as an individual because it helps your team win. It's going to take our leadership in the offseason to make sure everybody does what they need to do for us to get better next season."