Times Sports Editor
The Northview football team has had a long week with thoughts of last week's difficult 19-16 loss to rival Terre Haute North, but tonight the focus is on rebounding against a Sullivan Golden Arrows team that is riding high.
The Arrows are coming off a tough, 14-6 win over Class A top-10 North Knox that improved Sullivan's season mark to 2-1 heading into tonight's Western Indiana Conference match-up on the Golden Arrows home turf.
Sullivan coach Trent Olson had to be pleased with his team's rushing attack that piled up 225 yards on the ground against the Warriors and limited North Knox's powerful running back, Zach Stephens, who came into the game with 200 plus yards in each of the first two games. The Arrows forced a pair of fumbles as linebackers Chance Hollifield and Jed Cox combined for 19 tackles and forced both fumbles. James Lisman had a half sack and recovered a fumble for Sullivan.
The Knights' defense will get a good look at sophomore running back Brooks Weszely piled up 159 yards and a touchdown to increase his season total to 211 yards on 43 carries. Sullivan's air attack hasn't been quite as consistent, with just 55 yards against North Knox, but QB Payne Fortner has completed 27-of-57 for 306 yards and five scores against three picks. However, he has also fumbled five times.
Against Terre Haute North, the Knights were conservative during the first half with running back Jesse Miller, who plays defense as well. However, with much cooler temperatures expected, the junior could get plenty of work. He had 18 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots, most of those carries coming in the second half. Senior Damon Hyatt was also effective as he piled up 96 yards on just 13 carries and caught four passes for 21 yards.
The Knights have won six of the last seven WIC titles since Sullivan and West Vigo shared the title back in 2003.
Controlling the line of scrimmage is always important in games where both teams look to the run as a major component of its offense and tonight is no different. Cox had four tackles for loss against North Knox last weekend and the Knights did a good job of limiting the Patriots rushing attack for the majority of the game while pressuring North's signal callers in the backfield.
The Knights have won nine straight games against Sullivan this season while the Golden Arrows are looking for a 3-1 start for the first time since the 2004 campaign. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Sullivan.