Times Sports Editor
The Northview football team wrapped up a special football season with an 8-3 overall mark that included a sectional victory for just the second time.
On Wednesday afternoon, the program's success was recognized as four Knights' earned Honorable Mention All-State status in Class 4A.
Senior quarterback Trent Lancaster and wide receiver classmates, Zac Niehaus and Andrew Butts along with junior running back Damon Hyatt each were honored by the Associated Press for their efforts this season.
Lancaster capped one of the best seasons in school history with a total of 2,553 yards passing with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 689 yards and added eight more trips to the endzone for a Knights' team that averaged more than 34 points per game. He completed 64 percent (144-of-234) of his passes this season.
The receiving corp was one of the state's best as well this season, which led to Niehaus, Butts and Hyatt also earning a spot on the All-State team as well.
Niehaus was hobbled for a portion of the year with an ankle sprain, which limited him during the middle portion of the season. That didn't stop him from hauling in a total of 35 passes this year for 796 yards and 12 touchdowns. The senior receiver averaged 72 yards per game and started the year with a 293-yard day against Franklin during which he also grabbed five scoring passes from Lancaster.
Butts grabbed 45 receptions this year and led the way with 13 touchdown grabs and scored in eight of Northview's games via pass reception. He also was tied for 18th in the state in receiving yards per game at 93 per game. He also averaged 33 yards over three punt returns late in the season.
Damon Hyatt was a force to be reckoned with for the Northview Knights this year, doing damage out of the backfield and in the receiving game.
Hyatt caught a team-high 46 passes this year for 590 yards and five touchdowns. Hyatt caught four-or-more passes in seven games.
In special teams, Hyatt averaged nearly 25 yards per kick-off return and over 31 yards per punt return and scored twice on returns this season.
The four players that the Knights placed on the Class 4A All-State team were the most that the program has ever had.
AP Class 4A All-State Team
By The Associated Press
QB--Connor Barthel, Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-2, 200, Sr.
RB--Kaylin Aaron, Hammond Morton, 6-0, 185, Sr.
RB--Te'Vaughn Hurse, New Haven, 5-8, 181, Jr.
RB--Remound Wright, Fort Wayne Dwenger, 5-9, 190, Sr.
WR--Dyris Haywood, Evansville Central, 6-0, 175, Sr.
WR--Reece Horn, Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-3, 190, Sr.
C--Dominic Rebesco, Lowell, 6-2, 225, Sr.
G--Damon Howe, Plymouth, 6-1, 285, Sr.
G--Mike Yoder, Fort Wayne Dwenger, 6-2, 204, Sr.
T--Ted Karras, Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-4, 275, Sr.
T--Tony Springmann, Fort Wayne Dwenger, 6-7, 240, Sr.
K--Nick Wysong, Concord, 5-10, 160, Jr.
DL--Austin Acton, Seymour, 6-1, 215, Sr.
DL--Roddreckis Harris, Indianapolis Northwest, 6-2, 240, Sr.
DL--Maurice McRae, Evansville Reitz, 5-9, 215, Jr.
DL--Ryan Stigner, South Bend Clay, 6-3, 190, Sr.
LB--Brandon Kemp, Evansville Reitz, 6-3, 212, Sr.
LB--Brandon Johnson, Shelbyville, 6-1, 215, Jr.
LB--Kyle Kennedy, Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-3, 200, Sr.
DB--Alex Barker, Evansville Central, 6-4, 175, Sr.
DB--D'Jari Griffin, Hammond Morton, 5-11, 175, Sr.
DB--Jared Murphy, Columbia City, 5-10, 150, Soph.
DB--Alex Sith, Concord, 5-11, 170, Sr.
P--Jordan Conley, Greenfield Central, 6-2, 195, Sr.
QB--Alexx Bauer, Angola; Tate Borlik, South Bend Washington; Gabe Cunningham, Plainfield; A.J. Dove, East Noble; Tyler Hare, Wawasee; Jacob Hester, Evansville Central; Trent Lancaster, Northview; Justin Laureys, South Bend Clay; Ozzie Mann, Delta; Matt McIntosh, Evansville Reitz; Logan Rehrer, Columbia City; Anthony Yoder, Concord; Curtis Wilson, Anderson.
RB--DuWhan Alford, Concord; DeVon Bailey, South Bend Clay; Donovan Campbell, South Bend Clay; Patrick Ellis, Shelbyville; Damon Hyatt, Northview; Jamar Merrit, Hobart; Cole Midgett, Lowell; McKenzie Nash, Muncie South; Dezmon Nunn, Pendleton Heights; Dylan Patrick, Kankakee Valley; David Perkins, South Bend Washington; Tyler Priem, Northridge; Ke'Andre Vaughn, Evansville Reitz; Evan Wilson, Plainfield.
WR--Sam Balbach, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Alex Bauters, South Bend Clay; Alec Bitar, Cathedral; Robby Boots, Angola; Andrew Butts, Northview; Thomas DeLaCruz, Columbia City; Gehrig Dieter, South Bend Washington; Josh Dingeldein, Wawasee; Logan Draus, Concord; Cuda Dimmett, Evansville Reitz; Seth Fifer, Angola; Jordan Gater, East Noble; Grant Hubbard, Seymour; Zac Niehaus, Northview; Tony Shead, South Bend Clay; Collin Skodinski, South Bend Washington.
C--Kyle Bates, South Bend Clay; Kody Bontreger, Northridge; Bryan Brock, Plainfield; Shane Conley, Delta; Tyler Vermillion, Plymouth.
G--Dustin Dennig, South Bend Washington; Kyle Neidig, Evansville Central; Byron Orvis, South Bend Washington.
T--Coty Brown, Concord; Terrance Bush, South Bend Washington; Austin Carlton, Evansville Reitz; Laphonso Ellis, South Bend Clay; Darrick Lee, South Bend Washington; Darius Taylor, Hammond Morton; Jason Spriggs, Concord.
K--Zach Housholder, East Noble; Matt Horton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Joel Lopshire, Angola; Jesus Mercado, South Bend Washington; Brock Smith, Plymouth.
DL--Houston Anderson, South Bend Washington; Robbie Becker, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Phil Conoloy, Franklin Community; Luke Cox, Plainfield; Donnie Dulaney, Muncie South; Tyler Felty, Northridge; Gus Hancock, Owen Valley; Damon Howe, Plymouth; Jack Lowe, New Haven; Jacob Moser, Columbia City; David Perkins, South Bend Washington; Jason Spriggs, Concord; Joe Tucker, Jasper.
LB--Jack Blount, Griffith; Zach Burkhardt, Anderson; Aaron Ciesielski, South Bend Washington; Matt Clay, South Bend Washington; Tre' Clifton, South Bend Clay; Wilson Ganga, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Cal Harris, Plainfield; Dan Jenkins, Jasper; Jordan Juarez, Lowell; Aaron King, Evansville Reitz; Chris Makin, Concord; Jordan Massey, Plainfield; Nick Otto, Jasper; Jeffrey Parker, Northridge; Coty Reynolds, Muncie South; Jarrett Settles, Concord.
DB--Gryfen Brinson, Owen Valley; Jacob Carmichael, Seymour; Hamilton Carr, Evansville Reitz; Matt Dickerson, Greenfield Central; Logan Draus, Concord; Gilbert Eatman, Griffith; Darius Hardin, South Bend Washington; Houston Hodges, Plymouth; Andrew Hoffer, New Haven; Alex Kohler, South Bend Washington; Alfonso Mack, South Bend Washington; Ben Murphy, Columbia City; Thomas Nowak, Northridge; Jake Reed, Muncie South; Cameron Smith, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Troy Yarnelle, Griffith; Devon White, Fort Wayne Wayne; Tyler Willis, Cathedral.
P--Devante Evans, Indianapolis Northwest.