The Knights had two passes picked off and lost two of six overall fumbles and the Rockets lived up to their nickname, scoring off four plays of more than 48 yards on the way to a 30-22 victory over the Knights.
"I was very disappointed in some of the lack of execution," Gettle said of his team. "I told the kids, 'Basically in an opener against a team that your unfamiliar with, bottom line, in an opening game, it comes down to the team that makes the fewest mistakes.' "Obviously we shot ourselves in the foot multiple times."
Broad Ripple's speed became a factor immediately in the game as Shawn Jackson returned the opening kickoff for an 82-yard score just 15 seconds into the game. However, the Knights responded with some of their own brand of power.
The Knights went right to the rushing attack as Damon Hyatt carried the opening play for a 13-yard gain and Jesse Miller hammered up the middle for a 25-yard gain. Two plays later it was Hyatt that found paydirt on an eight-yard score to put the Knights ahead 7-6 following a Trey Boor kick.
The defense was able to extend the lead on the next drive as a 96-yard run by Jamonte Hampton was called back on a holding call. The play backed Broad Ripple back to its own six-yard line and two more penalties later, quarterback Randy Morton was sacked in the endzone to put the Knights up 9-6.
The Rockets responded on the first play of the next drive as Morton broke free and raced down the sideline for an 82-yard TD score.
It was Broad Ripple's defensive speed that pushed the gap to 18-9 when Williams stepped in front of a Dallas King pass and returned it down the sideline for a 58-yard TD to cap a busy first quarter of scoring.
The second quarter settled in for both teams', with drives for each squad reaching midfield before stalling, but it as the Rockets with another big play late in the half that extended the gap.
After a Northview punt, the Rockets took over near midfield and Morton went deep on the first play to a wide open Jackson, who hauled in the pass for a 54-yard score and a 24-9 lead following a missed conversion.
With just 2:30 remaining in the half, the Knights started their final drive at their own 44-yard line and went backwards on a false start infraction. However, King hit Hyatt for a 10-yard gain and then Miller rumbled for 12 more yards. King took the ball into his own hands for a 22-yard run, then found Hyatt for a 12-yard reception down to the 10-yard line.
The Knights faced fourth-and-three yards, but King hit Daniel Kimball for a 10-yard score to narrow the halftime lead to 24-16.
Northview received the second half kickoff and went back to the ground on the drive, pounding out a 12-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a 10-yard run by Hyatt, but the two-point conversion failed.
Trailing 24-22, the Knights had an opportunity to take the lead as Kreig Wallen pounced on a fumble by Broad Ripple running back, Keith Anderson. The recovery set the Knights up at the Rockets' 44-yard line.
The Knights moved the ball down to the Broad Ripple 30-yard line before three straight incomplete passes returned the ball to the Rockets on downs.
The defense stood up for Northview on the next drive, forcing a punt, but the Knights returned the ball to the Rockets on a snap that King couldn't handle at midfield. Broad Ripple would capitalize just three plays later when Morton broke free for a 48-yard score to put the icing on a 176-yard rushing effort for the game.
The Knights had one more shot after a deflected pass ended up in a reception for Patrick Durcholz at the Broad Ripple 40-yard line. However, the next pass was again tipped, but was intercepted by sophomore Emanuel Evans to seal the outcome.
"We've got a lot of kids learning, it's going to take some time," Gettle said. "I really felt in this game we could have very easily won. It's just taking care of the mental aspects of the game. We just need to play a little bit sharper, a little bit crisper and protect the football."
For the Knights, Miller rushed for a team-high 107 yards with Hyatt gathering in 109 yards of total offense. King threw for 134 yards and a touchdown despite the two interceptions.
The Knights (0-1 overall) host Edgewood next Friday night at 7 p.m.
Score by quarters
Northview 9 7 6 0 - 22
Broad Ripple 18 6 0 6 - 30
BR -- Shawn Jackson 82-yard kickoff return (two-point conv. Failed), 11:45
Nv -- Damon Hyatt eight-yard run (Trey Boor kick), 9:40
Nv -- Safety (Randy Morton tackled in endzone), 7:09
BR -- Shaquille Williams 82-yard interception return (two-point failed), 4:59
BR -- Jackson 54-yard TD reception from Morton (pass failed), 2:46
Nv -- Daniel Kimball 10-yard TD reception from Dallas King (Boor kick), 0:24
Nv -- Hyatt 10-yard run (pass failed), 5:02
BR -- Morton 48-yard TD run (kick blocked Bryant Pestoff), 6:33
Northview 41-171: (King 10-5, Hyatt 16-59 2TD, Williams 15-107). BR 26-205: (Hampton 10-3, Morton 10-176 TD, Williams 4-13, Anderson 2-17).
Northview King 11-20 134 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int.; Broad Ripple: Morton 5-6 65 yards, 1 TD.
Northview: Hyatt 6-50, Durcholz 2-46, Kimball 1-10 TD, McKee 1-23; BR: Evans 1-2, Hampton 2-9, Jackson 1-54 TD.