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Knights overcome slow start to knock off Vikings

Friday, October 7, 2011

Damon Hyatt (No. 30) stiff arms a West Vigo tackler during Friday's win over the Vikings. Hyatt ran for 125 yards and two TD's. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

Northview is still seeking that polished, complete football game against a competitive opponent and despite a win on Friday night, the Knights were left still seeking some answers following a 27-10 win against West Vigo.

Members of the Northview Marching Knights cheer their team on before its halftime show. [Order this photo]
The Knights celebrated Senior Night for 17 senior football players and coach George Gettle felt that his team's slow start could partially be blamed on the emotions of the evening.

"Senior night is just hard to get the emotions back up after you're saying goodbye to the seniors," Gettle said. "Bottom line, I don't think we've played our best game yet. The positive about that is that that game is still out there. We'll just have to look at the film."

The Vikings used a little trickery to put themselves in position for the game's first score.

Tyler Wilson (No. 15) and Damon Hyatt (No. 30) converge to make a tackle against West Vigo. [Order this photo]
Chase Silcock took the pitch from quarterback Jacob Soliday, pulled up and found Jacob Creasey wide open downfield for a 69-yard pass play.

The reception set the Vikings up at the Knights' 17-yard line and West Vigo was able to get on the scoreboard with a 30-yard field goal from Nathan Gregg.

The Vikings' defense played well in the first quarter, holding the Knights without a first down on the first drive and keeping Northview off the scoreboard after a drive to the Vikings' 10-yard line resulted in a missed field goal by Trey Boor.

The first half turned on a West Vigo turnover as the pitch from Soliday was fumbled and the Knights' Aaron See fell on the ball at the Vikings' 23-yard line.

One play later, Jessie Miller rumbled through the defense for a 23-yard score with 9:14 left in the half.

After the Knights' defense forced a punt after a personal foul penalty pinned the Vikings back at their own 23-yard line, Northview set up shop at West Vigo's 41-yard line.

Damon Hyatt took the ball for 15 yards on the first play and added another 15-yard run down to the eight-yard line. Two plays later, Hyatt found the endzone to put the Knights up 14-3.

"The turnovers were big. I'm just disappointed that a couple of times we had the ball inside the 30-yard line and couldn't punch it in," Gettle said. "We missed another fieldgoal, it's just the little things that we've been preaching in practice. Those things are going to hurt you in a competitive football game. Right now we're just not clicking for some reason."

West Vigo was able to swing some momentum back before halftime as Northview's defense had the Vikings in a 3rd-and-eight situation at the Knights' 39-yard line. Creasey took the hand off and looked like he would be brought down for a loss, but he reversed direction and cut back across the field and found clear sailing down the sideline for a 14-10 game at the break.

"There were a lot of breakdowns, not any one phase or any particular guy," Gettle said. "It's been our Achilles Heel, on any play we'll have five, six or seven guys doing the right thing and two or three guys not doing the right thing. We've got to get better if we're going to make any noise in the tournament."

In the second half, the Knights kept the ball in the hands of its two-headed running back monster of Hyatt and Miller.

The two traded carries over the course of the final two quarters as the Knights' combined for 46 carries and 300 yards on the ground.

On Northview's second drive of the second half, Hyatt was nearly sacked on second down at the Vikings' 29-yard line, but he escaped to keep the drive alive with a three-yard gain. On the next play, Miller gained six yards and a first down, which set up a fourth-and-inches play at the 26-yard line. Hyatt took the snap, found a hole and raced for a TD, which was called back on a holding flag that moved the ball back to the 30-yard line.

Facing fourth-and-10, Hyatt took the snap and raced 30-yards to the corner and a 20-10 lead.

West Vigo was able to move the ball on its next possession due to a 30-yard pass to Ethan Boatman and a pass interference call on the Knights that extended the drive at midfield on fourth down. However, two plays later, Hyatt intercepted a pass from Soliday at the goal line and he brought it back to the Vikings' 37-yard line.

Neither team's offense was able to extend a drive to the endzone over the next few possessions, but the Knights finally put the game out of reach on a 69-yard drive that saw a 39-yard run by Hyatt and a 26-yard scoring run from Miller.

Miller led the team with 176 yards and two scores while Hyatt added 125 yards and two TD's on the ground. The Knights' defense held West Vigo to just six yards rushing in the second half to earn the program's 18th straight WIC victory with a trip to Brown County next weekend.

At Northview

West Vigo3700-10

First quarter

WV -- Nathan Gregg 30-yard field goal, 10:01

Second quarter

Nv -- Jessie Miller 23-yard run (Trey Boor kick), 9:14

Nv -- Damon Hyatt two-yard run (Boor kick), 5:07

WV -- Jacob Creasey 39-yard run (Gregg kick), 3:01

Third quarter

Nv -- Hyatt 30-yard run (kick failed), 3:22

Fourth quarter

Nv -- Miller 26-yard run (Mark Underwood kick), 5:37

NorthviewWest Vigo
First downs86
Passing yards0116
Fumbles lost01

Individual stats

Rushing -- Nv (Hyatt 23-125 2TD, Miller 23-176 2 TD); WV (Silcock 17-30, Soliday 4-5, Velazquez 1-(-3), Lorance 5-13, Creasey 5-54 TD, Warnock 2-(-6).

Passing -- Nv (Hyatt 0-5 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.); WV (Soliday 6-12 74 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int., Silcock 1-1 69 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.)

Receiving -- Nv (None); WV (Creasey 1-69, Elkins 2-17, Boatman 4-57).