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Northview JV earns victory in game shortened by injury

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Northview's Chad Godsey (No. 50) and Lucas Cooksey (No. 70) drills West Vigo's quarterback for a second quarter sack. [Order this photo]
By STEVEN PENN

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.

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Quarterback Jacob Little sprints out while looking for a wide receiver. [Order this photo]
In the second quarter both offenses struggled to overcome turnovers and sloppy play, which lead to zero points before the halftime whistle blew.

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.

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Northview's Brock Gardner stares into the West Vigo backfield before a play on Monday night. [Order this photo]
The Knights then converted the two-point conversion after Little rolled out left and found Hawkins in the end zone to take a commanding 28-0 lead.

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.