The Northview Knights' junior varsity and freshman teams played against the Owen Valley Patriots Monday evening, with Northview coming out with the victory, 30-14.
There were five periods in the game, with the junior varsity playing the first, third, and fifth, and the freshman team playing the second and fourth periods.
In the first period, Northview received the ball to open the game, with sophomore Robby Toney taking the opening kickoff to Northview's 45-yard line. Toney would again carry the ball on the drive, this time on offense.
Toney's number was called on a handoff near the goal line where he bounced it out to the left side, and found the end zone, giving the Knights a 6-0 lead as the conversion failed.
The drive took six minutes off the clock.
Owen Valley's junior varsity couldn't do anything with their chance in the first period before time ran out and the ball went to the freshman.
However, Mafioli paid a price for his good play. An Owen Valley player collided with him just as he released the ball. Mafioli was able to shake off the hit to continue the drive.
However, the time for the freshman to complete their drive ran out, and it was back to the field for the junior varsity for the third period. They made the most of their chance on the field as quarterback Larry Shaffer snuck into the end zone on the goal line for the Knights' second score of the evening.
After a failed two-point conversion, Northview had a 12-0 advantage.
Junior varsity coach Craig Trout was pleased with his team's performance.
"Overall, a very good job by both lines, offensive and defensive," Trout said. "We controlled the ground game, which is key."
At the start of the fourth period, the Patriots' freshmen had possession of the ball. They made the most of their opportunity as running back Trevor Hershberger found a hole and sprinted his way all the way to the end zone for the Owen Valley touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good.
However, the Patriots' elation and momentum did not last long. On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Conner Pierce rumbled all the way back down the field for a score.
A fumble by Owen Valley on the next drive gave the ball back to the Knights. However, Northview couldn't capitalize on their opportunity, fumbling the ball while inside the Patriots' five-yard line.
Northview's defense stepped up to get the ball back to their offense. Freshman quarterback Jacob Little looked for a pass on a fourth down. His pass was deflected high into the air, becoming a jump ball. Everyone on the field feared for an interception. However, Northview freshman Chase Haring was able to locate the ball in midair and come down with it. He quickly turned around, and before anyone knew what was happening, was celebrating in the end zone.
However, Owen Valley wouldn't go down quietly. Sophomore running back Drew Bradley broke off a long run to the outside for an Owen Valley score. Their two-point conversion was successful.
Northview spent the remainder of the game running out the clock to secure their victory.
The Knight's next opponent is an away game at Greencastle on September 27th at 5:30.