Times Sports Editor
One of the unique facets at Brown County's High School football field is the miniature cannon that sits at the back of the endzone and is fired when the Eagles score a touchdown. On Friday night, Northview made sure that the cannon remained silent as the Knights clinched the outright Western Indiana Conference title with a 31-0 defeat of Brown County to close out the regular season.
"It's very important. It's one of our goals every year is to win the WIC," Northview coach George Gettle said. "We've just been very fortunate that we've had a lot of good kids over the years. This senior class hasn't lost a conference game. We've won the conference three years in a row and seven of the last eight years. We strive to be conference champs and we expect to be conference champs. So coming out and putting that together tonight is obviously what we shoot for."
With the sectional kicking off next weekend, the Knights worked quarterback Dallas King back into the rotation behind center as well as at wide receiver as Damon Hyatt took plenty of snaps at QB as well.
The duo hooked up on the first score of the evening for the Knights as King found Hyatt for a 31-yard TD on a 4th-and-6 situation. Trey Boor's extra point had Northview on the board with 4:14 left in the opening quarter.
The Knights defense has played well this season and this week was no exception as the squad contained senior running back Konnor Graber, who at 5'11, 209 lbs., is a handful to take down.
However, the Knights held him to just 59 yards on 17 carries during the game and the Eagles to an average of just 2.4 yards per carry on Friday.
As play headed into the second quarter, the Knights were able to drive down to the Eagles' 17-yard line as Jesse Miller ripped off a 23-yard run and King found Hyatt for a 17-yard reception. The drive would stall on an incomplete pass on third down and bring out Boor, who drilled a 34-yard fieldgoal for a 10-0 lead.
The lead would grow to 17-0 at the break as the Knights put together a seven-play, 50-yard drive that culminated in a Hyatt touchdown. The senior took the hand off at the 18-yard line and raced to the sideline before diving to the endzone and clipping the pylon for the score.
The second half would be dictated by the Knights' defense and big scoring plays as Hyatt returned a winding, 55-yard punt return for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter to push the gap to 24-0.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Knights held Brown County to just 14 yards rushing on 15 carries after halftime.
The final score of the evening came from Miller, who broke though the Brown County defense from Northview's own 19-yard line and fought off a pair of Eagle defenders to score on an 81-yard run. The junior back ended the game with 164 yards on just 19 carries overall.
King returned in part time duty to complete 9-of-15 passes for 118 yards with a TD and an interception.
"He's just now coming back, his ankle is still a little tender," Gettle said of Dallas King. "He was able to do some things, but he's not completely back. It's nice to get him back in the offense again."
The victory improves the Knights to 6-3 overall with the sectional opener at home against Greenwood next Friday.
At Brown County
Nv -- Dallas King 31-yard pass to Damon Hyatt (Trey Boor kick), 4:14
Nv -- Boor 34-yard fieldgoal, 8:48
Nv -- Hyatt 18-yard run (Boor kick), 6:02
Nv -- Hyatt 55-yard punt return (Boor kick), 0:05
Nv -- Jesse Miller 81-yard run (Boor kick), 4:37
Rushing -- Nv (Hyatt 11-70 TD, Miller 19-164 TD, King 1-(-10); BC (Graber 17-59, Boknecht 8-13, Wininger 6-3).
Passing -- Nv (King 9-15 118 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int., Hyatt 0-1 0 yards); BC -- (Boknecht 4-10 48 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.)
Receiving -- Nv (Hyatt 7-104 TD, Durcholz 2-10); BC (Wedan 3-39, Huls 1-9).