By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The 2010 football postseason begins this evening and Northview is salivating for a sectional victory. Afterall, it's been a long time in the coming as the Knights haven't claimed a postseason win since a 2004 win in round one against Bloomington North. Of course there have been some near misses since then including a wild 54-51 loss to Franklin in 2006 and a missed field goal attempt that would have tied Jasper in 2007. In 2008, Northview was matched up against eventual state champion, Evansville Reitz in the first round on the road and dropped a 40-8 decision and last season the Knights lost to a tough Jasper team.
This is a whole new season and Northview might have a long drive for that first round game with Boonville, but it's a very winnable contest versus a 1-8 team. The Pioneers haven't won since Oct. 1, a 51-7 blowout victory over winless Princeton. This season, Boonville has averaged 18.2 ppg. on offense while giving up 31 points per contest. Boonville has played a pretty solid schedule including a 35-7 loss to Class 4A No. 3 ranked Jasper and a 44-10 loss last week to 7-1 Mt. Carmel (Ill.). Overall, five of the Pioneers nine games were played against teams with winning records this year.
Boonville has a senior quarterback in Evan Hendrickson, who controls a predominantly rushing offense with some balanced passing. He's completed 60-of-134 passes for 866 yards and eight touchdowns against 11 interceptions. However, he's struggled mightily in the last two losses, completing just eight-of-27 passes for 50 yards, two interceptions and a fumble. His best statistical game was against Gibson Southern where Hendrickson completed 12-of-21 passes for 144 yards, two TD and an interception.
Cullen Baumgart is his top target with 30 catches for 485 yards and five touchdowns.
Junior running back, David Underhill, is the leading ball carrier with 99 carries for 599 yards despite missing one game this year. He's scored five touchdowns, but he's also lost six fumbles. His top game came on Oct. 8 when he carried 16 times for 154 yards and a score against South Spencer.
Behind Underhill is both Seth Lowe and Jake Moseley, who have each surpassed the 200-yard mark for the season while averaging close to five yards per rush. Lowe is just a sophomore, but has gotten about five or six carries per game with a degree of success. Moseley meanwhile has gotten 11 carries in each of the last two games with 69 yards n last week's game against Mt. Carmel.
The Knights wrapped up another Western Indiana Conference championship on Saturday night with a blowout win at Lucas Oil Field against Brown County, 48-14. The win was the Knights' third straight and wrapped up a 7-2 regular season mark.
Senior quarterback Trent Lancaster played just one series in the second half as did many of the starters, but still completed 16-of-19 passes for 255 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran four times for 78 yards and added another TD. For the season, Lancaster is ninth in the state with 2,057 passing yards and has completed 61 percent (118-of-193) of his passes for 29 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. The 29 touchdowns is tied for fourth in the state.
Not surprisingly, Lancaster's receiving corp has racked up some impressive numbers as well with Andrew Butts ranked eighth in the state with 928 yards on 39 catches, which translates to 103 yards per game. He's caught 11 touchdown passes this year and his average catch has gone for more than 23 yards.
Zac Niehaus has caught 28 passes this season for 608 yards and 11 scores and Damon Hyatt has hauled in 32 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 277 yards.
On defense, Jessie Miller has recorded a team-high in sacks and the Knights have gotten three defensive touchdowns, one each from Miller, Hyatt and Tyler Wilson.
In the win over Brown County, Northview's defense allowed just two yards per carry from the Eagles despite playing much of the second half with the junior varsity and freshmen teams' defenses on the field.
For those traveling to Boonville, take I-70 West to Terre Haute and take a left on to US-41 towards Evansville. From there, go approximately 53.5 miles and follow US-150E/US-41 S. and merge on to US-41 S towards Evansville/Washington. Follow that 39.7 miles before merging on to I-64 E towards Louisville and go 14.3 miles to IN-61, Exit 39 toward Lynnville/Boonville. Take a right off the exit on to IN-61 and travel approximately 10 miles before going right on to West Mill St.. Follow that to North 1st St. and turn left and Boonville High School is on the right.
Directions are available on MapQuest. The high school's address is: 300 N. 1st St. Boonville, IN 47601.