Times Staff Reporter
The Northview JV football team defeated West Vigo Monday night at home 28-0, to improve their record to 4-2.
The scoring started early for the Knights after Trent Barnett recovered a West Vigo fumble on the first series of the game.
The turnover gave the Knights great field position, which they capitalized on with a red zone fade route to receiver Tyler Rector on a well-thrown ball from quarterback Jacob Little.
After the failed two-point conversion the Knights had an early 6-0 lead.
West Vigo's next series was much better than the first, but ultimately resulted in a failed fourth down conversion attempt that gave the Knights the ball back around midfield.
After getting the ball back, the Knights used a punishing rushing attack of Kelly Hawkins and Connor Pierce to move the ball down the field. Pierce had the longest run of the drive on a toss play that eventually set up a goal line quarterback sneak by Little, which gave the Knights a 12-0 first quarter lead after another failed two-point conversion.
The Knights' play quickly improved after coming out of the locker room for the second half.
Rector took the second half kick-off at around the 20-yard-line, and used his speed to evade West Vigo players and broke tackles on his way to a spectacular touchdown return.
After the score Rector caught an almost identical fade route from Little on the two-point conversion that gave the Knights a 20-0 lead.
The West Vigo offense sputtered once again on their next series, and got a punt blocked by the Knights, which was recovered by Scotty McGuffin, in West Vigo territory.
Unfortunately, on Northview's next drive, a scary situation arose.
West Vigo player, Damon Eads, took a hard hit and laid motionless on the field while trainers, coaches, and officials tended to him. Eventually, an ambulance arrived and Eads was placed on a stretcher and taken off the field, so play could resume.
After the play stoppage, the Knights' offense once again produced a touchdown on a pass from Little to Pierce.
After the score, with 4:12 left in the third quarter, game officials decided to call the game due to the injury to Eads, and the lopsided score.
Officials said a helicopter was coming and the field needed to be completely evacuated for the helicopter to land.
At print time, West Vigo administration said Eads had a slight concussion and no paralysis.
The Knights' junior varsity squad wraps up its season on Monday with a home game against Edgewood at 6 p.m.