Times Sports Editor
Northview senior Damon Hyatt undoubtedly slept well on Friday night as he piled up more than 400 yards of offense by himself while taking snaps at running back, quarterback and on defense as the Knights scored a 27-0 victory over Owen Valley on Homecoming.
After a scoreless first quarter in which both teams had troubles moving the ball, it was Hyatt that sparked his team with a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown with 10:32 remaining in the first half
Two drives later, Northview starting quarterback Dallas King went down with an ankle injury after completing a pass to tight end Daniel Kimball. Enter Hyatt, who stepped behind center from his usual running back position as the Knights went to a Wildcat Formation.
Northview coach George Gettle admitted that losing King made things difficult, but thought his team stepped up to the challenge.
"I thought we dealt with the adversity pretty well. Obviously losing Dallas, when you game plan all week and he's in your plans as far as your passing game, it threw a wrench into our plans," Gettle said of losing his signal caller. "Bottom line is I thought that the kids responded fairly well. It took us a long time to get going. I'll attribute that to the hand that was dealt this week, when you go into the locker room 48 minutes before kickoff it's hard to get these guys to come out with the same emotion they had in pre-game warm-ups."
Northview received the second half kickoff and controlled possession during a 13-play drive that pushed the ball into fieldgoal range for sophomore Trey Boor. However, a bad snap cost the Knights a shot at more points and returned the ball back to Owen Valley at the Patriots' 20-yard line.
Owen Valley workhorse running back, Drew Bradley, who carried 23 times in the game, broke off a 35-yard run after quarterback Gunnar Ranard found Evan Rice for an 11-yard reception. The plays put the Patriots in business at the Knights' 14-yard line, but it was the Knights' defense that rose to the occasion.
Ranard was sacked by Chance Talbot for an eight-yard loss and intense pressure on the next play forced an incomplete pass to force a 4th-and-14 play. The Patriots went for it, but the Knights were in Ranard's face immediately and he threw incomplete to keep the shutout intact.
Taking over at the Owen Valley 18-yard line, Hyatt didn't waste any time as he raced off tackle through the line and down the sideline for an 82-yard score and a 20-0 lead after Boor's extra point.
The defense then held serve the rest of the way, allowing just three Owen Valley first downs in the second half to complete the shutout.
The Knights finished off the scoring with 3:57 left in the game as Jessie Miller found pay dirt on a 16-yard scoring run.
Hyatt finished the game with 20 carries for 261 yards as Northview rushed for over 300 yards in the victory.
"We got off to a very slow start, but we dealt with the adversity, we got a shutout, which is always a nice thing for the defense. We were able to move the ball with Damon (Hyatt) a little bit, running around. A win's a win, we're 3-0 in the WIC and back on the winning side at 3-2. It wasn't pretty, as a matter of fact it was pretty ugly, but a win's a win. We've got a lot of work to do."
The Knights host Class 3A No. 1 ranked Indianapolis Bishop Chatard next weekend.
Nv -- Damon Hyatt 66-yard punt return (Trey Boor kick), 10:32
Nv -- Hyatt 38-yard run (kick blocked), 2:05
Nv -- Hyatt 82-yard run (Boor kick), 2:01
Nv -- Jessie Miller 16-yard run (Boor kick), 3:57
Rushing -- Nv (Hyatt 20-261 2 TD, Miller 9-32 TD, King 4-18); Owen Valley (Bradley 23-110, Ranard 5-(-27), Rice 1-15, Arthur 1-6). Passing -- Nv (King 3-5 31 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int., Hyatt 1-3 37 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.). OwenValley (Ranard 7-24 54 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int..).
Receiving -- Nv (Hyatt 2-23, Kimball 1-8, Rector 1-37). Owen Valley (Rice 1-15, White 1-15, Whitton 1-9).