Times Sports Editor
The Northview football Knights will be packing their lunch pails and going to work at Indianapolis Brebeuf this evening in a match-up that is certainly different than the past skirmishes with Vincennes Lincoln, which previously held this spot on the schedule.
The Class 3A Braves will provide a unique challenge for the 4-1 Knights and are feeling pretty good about themselves as well, having racked up a 5-0 record for just the second time since 1966.
Knights' coach George Gettle reached 55 wins as coach of the Northview Knights, which makes surpassed the 53 total wins that the program had in the previous 17 seasons since the creation of Northview High School. Gettle has strung together a 55-30 mark in eight years as the Knights head coach. The previous 17 seasons, Northview had a combined 53-115 record.
Friday nights' battle will be a tough one as Brebeuf head coach, Ryan Gallogly perhaps has surpassed conservative expectations after returning just four defensive starters from last year. He also lost all of his skill players on offense, including talented running back, Evan Kroot, who had 19 rushing TD's.
This season has been a balanced offensive effort paced by Bob Dillon, who has completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
While the times they might be a changin' as Dillon's song writing namesake once penned, the Braves are still led by a stout rushing attack.
Brebeuf is led by 6'1, 260 lb. running back, D.J. Perdue, has run 73 times for 402 yards and five touchdowns. He is backed up by his polar opposite in 5'7, 155 lb. back, Devante Williams, who has carried 155 yards on just 24 carries.
"It's been a season of growth in a lot of areas," Gallogly told the Indianapolis Star. "We've had our good moments and bad moments, but we've been able to ride out the bad moments."
Dillon has several reliable wide receivers as JD Robinson has 17 catches for 273 yards and five touchdowns and Malik Ferguson has caught 15 passes for 199 yards and two scores. Matt Nagy and Bill McClamroch have each hauled in double-digit receptions as well. Robinson is also a key defensive player with eight tackles for loss this season.
While Brebeuf has won their games by an average of three touchdowns this year, the wild card might be the competition level as the combined record of the Braves' opponents is 6-14. They also defeated Mount Healthy, a team from Ohio, but their season mark was unavailable.
The Knights come into tonight's contest with one of the state's top passing attacks as quarterback Trent Lancaster has thrown for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his throws. The senior QB has also proven to be a threat out of the backfield running the ball as he's amassed 320 rushing yards and five more scores.
Damon Hyatt has proved to be a multi-dimensional factor with 150 rushing yards to go with 23 catches for 317 yards and two TD's. Andrew Butts has claimed a role as another big play receiver with 20 catches for 402 yards and two scores. Zac Niehaus leads the team in receiving yardage with 499 yards on 19 catches with seven scores.
Northview has also forced eight turnovers on four interceptions (three by Tyler Wilson) and four fumble recoveries as Hunter Robertson, Aaron See, Jesse Miller and Wilson have each grabbed one.
Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Brebeuf.