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Knights hang shutout on Patriots

Friday, September 16, 2011

The sophomore class of football players paid homage to their teammate Christian Watkins, who died tragically due to an accidental gunshot wound. [Order this photo]

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.

Damon Hyatt races down the sideline on the way to an 82-yard touchdown against the Patriots. [Order this photo]
Hyatt also scored three of the Knights' touchdowns in the conference victory and Northview's defense kept the Patriots from mounting much of a threat offensively.

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.

Tyler Wilson makes a block on special teams against Owen Valley. [Order this photo]
Hyatt took the next snap and went for eight yards and four plays later, scored on a 38-yard run to put the Knights ahead 13-0 at halftime.

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.

At Northview

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First quarter


Second quarter

Nv -- Damon Hyatt 66-yard punt return (Trey Boor kick), 10:32

Nv -- Hyatt 38-yard run (kick blocked), 2:05

Third quarter

Nv -- Hyatt 82-yard run (Boor kick), 2:01

Fourth quarter

Nv -- Jessie Miller 16-yard run (Boor kick), 3:57

NorthviewOwen Valley
First downs118
Passing yards6864
Fumbles lost10

Individual stats

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).