Times Sports Editor
ELLETSVILLE -- Regardless of a team's talent level, the grind of a conference road game is an entirely different animal then the comforts of home. Such was the case on Friday night as 13th-ranked Northview encountered a very game opponent in the home standing Edgewood Mustangs.
The Knights had some moments where their edge in talent and experience were on display, but there was plenty of mistakes that countered the good. However, Northview got a 75-yard kickoff return for a score by Damon Hyatt, who also had a pivotal interception in the third quarter as the Knights held on for a 36-25 win.
Afterwards, Northview head coach was happy to get the victory, but wasn't overly pleased with how his team got it.
"We should be able to score points, we've got the athletes to do that," coach George Gettle said. "There were a lot of mistakes made tonight, but you've got to be happy you won on the road, it's a tough conference game. I don't want to take anything away (from the win), but that's just not the game we wanted to play and I think all the kids know that, that's just not our game," Gettle said. "But we won, we're 2-0 and we've got a real tough ball game next week and obviously we've got to watch the tape and correct mistakes. We've just got to get a whole lot better as a football team."
For the second game in a row, the Knights gave up a big rushing game as Edgewood's quick, 5'7, 155 lb. junior back, Bryan Delos Santos, ran 19 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
In fact, Delos Santos, got the Mustangs on the board first after the Knights were halted on an incomplete pass on fourth down on Edgewood's 18-yard line.
The Knights came back, marching down the field to the Mustangs' 11-yard line before stalling and bringing in freshman, Trey Boor, for a 28-yard fieldgoal that sailed through the uprights.
Northview seemed to be getting untracked as the defense stuffed a fake punt attempt in Edgewood territory and Hyatt made a nifty 18-yard TD run for a 9-7 Knights' lead.
The defense stopped Edgewood again on fourth down, this time at midfield, and the Knights' offense made the Mustangs pay.
Quarterback Trent Lancaster rushed for 10 yards on the first play and then found Andrew Butts for a 10-yard reception to the 35-yard line. Lancaster found Butts again, this time for a 19-yard gain and then Hyatt caught a pass to the sideline, ran through an Edgewood tackler down to the one-yard line to set up a TD pass to Zac Niehaus with 58 seconds remaining in the half. The kick failed and the Knights led 15-7 at the break.
Edgewood got the second half kickoff and a bobble on the play left the Mustangs back at their own 11-yard line. However, Cross lobbed a pass to tightend Chad Hupp for 21 yards and Delos Santos rushed for a 13-yard pickup. After nearing midfield, the Mustangs went for a deep pass to the sideline, but it was Northview's Tyler Wilson who hauled in the interception to halt the promising drive.
The Knights made good on the turnover as a 43-yard drive culminated in a one-yard TD run by Jesse Williams after Hyatt had caught a 14-yard pass to the one-yard line. Boor's kick was good and the lead grew to 22-7.
Edgewood moved the ball well on the following drive too, as Delos Santos was again the go-to back with a 12-yard run and an 18-yard chunk along with an 18-yard pick up on a scramble by Cross. With the Mustangs set up at the Knights' 35-yard line, Cross' rollout and throw was nabbed by Hyatt for a second interception.
The Knights got into scoring position again, this time as Lancaster hit Niehaus for a 42-yard bomb to the three-yard line and Lancaster punched it in for a 29-7 advantage.
"The two interceptions were real key in getting the offense the ball back. You know, they were kind of silly plays on (Edgewood's) part, just kind of throwing the ball down the field," Gettle said. "Damon (Hyatt) had a great game, catches some passes, running back a kick and running the ball, just an all around great game by Damon Hyatt. We expect that out of him, he's a good athlete, a good kid and a smart kid."
Delos Santos was going to keep the Mustangs in the game as he scored on a five-yard run just 1:45 later. However, it was Hyatt that returned the following kickoff for a 75-yard score to re-establish a 23-point lead at 36-13.
Edgewood would capitalize on a 10-play, 91-yard drive that Delos Santos capped again with a five-yard TD run. Northview helped the cause with a personal foul call on a horse collar tackle that moved the ball to its own 15-yard line.
With just 1:18 remaining in the game, Edgewood attempted the onside kick, but the Knights recovered and were able to run out the clock on the win.
Northview (2-0 overall, 1-0 WIC) heads to Terre Haute North next Friday at 7 p.m.
EW -- Bryan Delos Santos 37-yard run (Delos Santos kick), 1:36
Nv -- Trey Boor 28-yard fieldgoal, 10:27
Nv -- Damon Hyatt 18-yard run (kick failed), 7:59
Nv -- Trent Lancaster one-yard pass to Zac Niehaus (kick failed), 0:58
Nv -- Jesse Williams one-yard run (Boor kick), 8:27
Nv -- Lancaster one-yard run (Boor kick), 10:21
EW -- Delos Santos five-yard run (kick failed), 8:36
Nv -- Hyatt 75-yard kickoff return (Boor kick), 8:19
EW -- Delos Santos two-yard run (run failed), 7:40
EW -- Delos Santos five-yard run (pass failed), 1:18
Rushing -- Nv (Lancaster 20-93 TD, Hyatt 9-55 TD, Miller 2-6 TD), EW (Delos Santos 19-175 4 TD, Bybee 4-16, Cross 6-64, Fleener 3-20, Cowden 1-1, Kendall (1-(-4). Passing -- Nv (Lancaster 11-20 167 yards 2 TD, 0 Int.). EW (Cross 8-13 104 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int., Pederson 1-1 28 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.).
Receiving -- Nv (Niehaus 3-54 TD, Hyatt 5-80, Butts 3-31), EW (Ridge 5-80, Walls 1-12, Delos Santos 1-9, Hupp 1-21, Pederson 1-10).