By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The Northview football team is fresh off a dominant win at home against Sullivan that bumped the Knights' conference mark to 2-0 this season. Tonight, the Knights hit the road to take on a 3-1 Owen Valley squad that was a 48-8 loser to Northview in 2009. In fact, Northview has won six of the past seven meetings between the schools. A victory in tonight's game would go a long way towards putting the Knights in the drivers' seat in the race for the WIC crown.
Owen Valley is led by quarterback, Brennan Tarrence, who has attempted just 42 passes this season, completing 18 for 266 yards and two scores. However, he has been intercepted five times.
The running game is the Patriots' bread and butter as Evan White is averaging more than eight yards per carry with 363 yards on 42 carries. He is followed by Jonathan Hershberger, who has 62 carries for 278 yards this season. Owen Valley's receiving group is led by Gryfen Brinson, who has explosive capabilities with seven catches going for more than 16 yards apiece.
While linemen rarely get the limelight, its hard to discuss Owen Valley's strengths without bringing up its massive offensive line led by a pair of 300-pounders in Clayton Freeman and Augustus Hancock along with 250-pounder, Corbin Knapp. Hancock is a Division I prospect and the group led the Patriots to a very successful rushing attack last week against Edgewood. White had 141 yards against the Mustangs and Hershberger added 107 in the Patriots' 14-13 win that improved their season mark to 3-1.
Northview also brings a 3-1 mark into tonight's game and is coming off a 44-7 win over the Arrows last week.
Quarterback Trent Lancaster had an especially efficient evening, completing 17-of-21 passes for 253 yards and three scores. He also rushed for another 37 yards with a score. This season Lancaster has already surpassed the 900-yard mark in passing and has 11 touchdowns through the air and another three on the ground.
Damon Hyatt has been Lancaster's favorite target with 18 receptions for an average of 62.5 yards per game this year. Zac Niehaus has been the most explosive with 17 catches for 115 yards per game and seven touchdowns. He's averaged 27 yards per catch. Andrew Butts is another go-to receiver for the Knights as he's caught 14 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown.
The Northview running game hasn't had to be especially overpowering with Lancaster throwing so successfully. However, Hyatt has run for 148 yards on 35 carries to complement Lancaster's running ability.
In last week's win, Northview's defense held Sullivan to just nine first downs in the game and 39 passing yards. The Knights outgained Sullivan 412 to 177 in the victory.
Kick off for tonight's game will be at 7:30 p.m.