Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The 2012 football season got underway on Friday night as a youthful Northview Knights' squad visited Terre Haute South for a scripted scrimmage.
However, the most important thing perhaps for Northview was getting some of its players some varsity experience after graduation hit the Knights hard after last season.
Freshman Tucker Stewart got the start at quarterback with several freshmen also seeing a start at wide receiver for the Knights. Jessie Miller returns at running back for Northview and got 14 carries during his time on the field and battled for 33 yards against a sizable Braves' defense. Junior Kelly Hawkins got five carries and ran for 20 yards.
Stewart started a bit shaky, but improved over his set of three series of plays. Overall, Stewart completed four passes, including three in a row, while piling up 64 yards and putting two in the endzone as freshman Hunter Ragan caught a seven-yard score and classmate Ben Girton caught a 33-yarder.
Terre Haute South senior quarterback Danny Etling saw plenty of time on the field and aired it out 20 times, completing 12 for 231 yards and four scores. The Purdue commit also ran four times for eight yards.
The Braves' balanced attack saw 15 running plays against Etling's 20 passes and had 82 rushing yards. Tyler Seibert led South with 37 yards on just three carries, including two touchdowns.
The Knights' Jacob Dean, another freshman, made several nice plays, including a sack of Etling.
Northview opens the regular season at home against Indianapolis Broad Ripple Friday night at 7 p.m.