Times Sports Editor
CLINTON -- The Northview Knights outmanned and outmatched South Vermillion on the road at Clinton on Friday night, coming away with a 55-0 victory to remain unbeaten in Western Indiana Conference play.
The Wildcats, decimated by injuries this season, were unable to mount any offense against the Northview starters and did little against the Knights' backups, who saw considerable time throughout the game.
Northview opened quickly in the game as Jessie Miller scored on a 27-yard run four minutes into the game and the Knights' defense forced a fumble just two plays into South Vermillion's next drive. Senior Bryant Pestoff recovered for the Knights and set the offense up on a short field.
Taking over on the Wildcats' 14-yard line, it was Miller again, this time from six yards out for a 14-0 Northview advantage just seven minutes into the game.
The story of the evening was the Knights' defense, which took up residence in the Wildcats' backfield for most of the game. The unit allowed just one first down in the game and held South Vermillion to negative 50 yards of rushing on 25 carries. South Vermillion didn't pick up its first, first down in the game until 3:21 remained in the contest.
"Obviously, defensively we did a nice job when we kept the (starters) in there," Northview coach George Gettle said. "We outmanned (South Vermillion), the varsity kids played part of the first quarter and one or two snaps in the second half. We kept the defense out there a little bit in the third quarter so the kids are used to coming out after halftime and getting back on the field."
On the Knights' third possession of the first half it was quarterback Damon Hyatt, who carried the ball in from 12 yards out after setting the score up by finding Tyler Rector on a 26-yard pass play.
With a 20-0 advantage after the first quarter, Northview began to substitute on offense, which gave running back Kelly Hawkins the opportunity to scored on a 12-yard run in the second period. Second-string signal caller, Jacob Little, would hit Rector for a 16-yard TD pass to end the scoring in the first half as the Knights' led 34-0 at the break.
The Knights received the ball to start the second half and brought the starting special teams unit out where Hyatt returned the kick 80-yards for a touchdown.
From there, it was the JV lineup, which performed admirably as Hawkins scored once more on a 39-yard run in the fourth quarter for the final tally of the night.
Hawkins added 76 yards on eight carries for the Knights, who rushed for 287 yards on 28 carries overall.
"We did all we could to kind of slow it down. Really, the JV kids came in and did a nice job, they were able to march the ball down and score three or four of the touchdowns," Gettle said. "We've got bigger fish to fry, we want to get ready for our big game next week against West Vigo and more importantly, keep getting better so we're ready for the sectional."
Northview improves to 4-3 overall and 4-0 in the WIC with a home battle against West Vigo on Friday night.
At S. Vermillion
Nv -- Jessie Miller 27-yard run (Trey Boor kick), 8:06
Nv -- Miller six-yard run (Boor kick), 5:14
Nv -- Damon Hyatt 12-yard run (kick blocked), 2:17
Nv -- Kelly Hawkins 12-yard run (Boor kick), 6:03
Nv -- Jacob Little 16-yard pass to Tyler Rector (Boor kick), 3:04
Nv -- Hyatt 80-yard kickoff return, 11:29
Nv -- Hyatt 84-yard run (Boor kick), 7:48
Nv -- Hawkins 39-yard run (Boor kick), 4:37
Rushing -- Nv (Hyatt 5-124 2TD, Miller 4-60 2 TD, Pierce 5-18, Hawkins 8-76 2 TD, McGuffin 5-14, Bowman 1-(-5); SV (Branz 10-(-20), Crouch 6-(-30), Dunegan 2-(-2), Akers 3-(-1), Vaugn 1-0, Smith 2-4, Nickle 1-(-1).
Passing -- Nv (Hyatt 1-1 26 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int., Little 2-2 42 yards, 1 TD, 0 Int.). SV (Branz 0-0 0 yards, Crouch 2-13 29 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.).
Receiving -- Nv (Barnett 1-26, Rector 2-42 TD), SV (Waldrop 1-11, Layman 1-18).