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Knights looking to even record in football home opener

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jessie Miller (No. 44) and Bryant Pestoff (No. 75) make a tackle against Broad Ripple. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

The Northview football team enters round two of the high school season looking for its first win. Tonight's opponent, the Edgewood Mustangs, are in the same boat after a 48-6 dismantling at the hands of Class 2A second-ranked North Putnam in the opening week.

Even more disturbing perhaps than the loss was the physical toll that it took on the Mustangs.

Edgewood already had three key players out with injuries -- running backs Bryan DeLos Santos (concussion) and Taylor Bybee (concussion) along with tight end Chad Hupp (ankle). However, by the end of the game against the Cougars, also on the sideline were wide receivers James Ridge (concussion) and Cam Walls (shoulder), running back Reece Phillips (concussion), slot back Dillon Donovan (shoulder) and running back Damien Chambers (neck).

Those injuries could take their toll tonight as well as Ridge and Phillips are both questionable and wide receiver/defensive back John Selbe will be out for a couple of weeks due to a torn calf muscle. Donovan and Chambers are expected to return to action for tonight's game.

The Knights will be charged with limiting the mistakes that cost them a win against Broad Ripple in the opener. Northview had two passes intercepted, fumbled six times and lost a pair of them in a game that was still up in the air in the final minutes. The offense was productive if not always successful as Dallas King threw for 133 yards and completed 11-of-19 passes in his first varsity start at quarterback. Jessie Miller also pounded out 110 yards on just 15 carries and Damon Hyatt was versatile in producing a combined 110 yards and scored twice.

However, the Knights' defense had its struggles in stopping perhaps the quickest team it'll see all season with the Rockets' quarterback Randy Morton running for 181 yards on just 13 carries.

Edgewood had its own troubles stopping a powerful rushing attack from North Putnam. The Cougars ran roughshod over the Mustangs for 387 yards on 38 carries. Four players ran for over 50 yards for North Putnam and six had 30-or-more yards in the lopsided win.

Damon Hyatt makes a leaping one-handed reception against Broad Ripple and had 110 total yards and two scores. [Order this photo]
On the plus side for the Mustangs, starting quarterback Grant Pederson threw for 205 yards despite only completing 9-of-31 passes in the game. The high number of passing attempts can be attributed mainly to the fact that Edgewood ran for just 10 yards on 23 carries.

While the Knights might be hard pressed to duplicate the Cougars' defensive pressure on the Mustangs' running game, especially if DeLos Santos can return to action, but Northview has something to prove defensively after the Rockets made plenty of big plays on offense last week. The Knights are senior laden on the defensive side of the ball and its easy to see how Northview will be looking to put the week one effort behind them in front of their home fans.

The Knights are looking for their third straight victory over the Mustangs and would like nothing more than starting 1-0 in the Western Indiana Conference race.

In other conference games tonight, Brown County hosts Owen Valley at 7:30 p.m. West Vigo looks for its first win on the road at Greencastle, Sullivan visits Linton-Stockton at 7 p.m and South Vermillion hosts North Vermillion at 7:30 p.m.