Times Sports Editor
ELLETTSVILLE -- The Northview football team took a big step forward on Friday night, rallying from a 13-0 deficit to claim a hard fought, 20-13 road win against Edgewood.
"The kids showed me that they have some heart tonight," Gettle said. "After last week's game and the way it ended, we talked about it and they hung together and fought it out. We knew this was a must-win game for the WIC. To win the championship you pretty much have to go undefeated."
The Knights showed some mettle after a sloppy first half, that included five penalties and a lost fumble left them trailing the Mustangs 13-3 after Trey Boor knocked home a 29-yard field just before halftime.
The defense started things off on the right foot in the third quarter as Drake McKee stepped in front of a Nic Brown pass for an interception just three plays into the second half.
Quarterback Tucker Stewart got the offense going with a 23-yard pass to Ben Girton and then picked up a first down on a fourth-and-nine situation on an 18-yard scamper to the Mustangs' 22-yard line. Though the Knights would eventually turn the ball over on a fumble, Northview finally had some momentum.
Northview began to drive early in the fourth quarter as Stewart found Tyler Rector for a 24-yard pass and after a three-yard run by Jesse Miller, it was Stewart that broke free for a 30-yard TD run to narrow the gap to 13-10 with 10:51 remaining.
"I was very happy with the determination the kids came out with in the second half. We talked about settling down, limiting our mistakes and penalties," Gettle said. "That first half, that was the second game in a row that we've had more penalties than I think we've had in a season. Too many mistakes, balls on the ground. We just couldn't get any momentum going. The kids came together in the second half, we moved the ball a little bit and the defense did what they were supposed to be doing. I think the quarterback we have played pretty good."
After the Knights' defense forced a punt, the offense took over on its own 31-yard line and began to drive once again.
Stewart picked up gains of four and nine yards on runs and then found Rector once more for a 25-yard pick up. The drive eventually stalled out on the Edgewood 31-yard line and Gettle elected to send Boor out for a long field goal try.
The 5'8, 150 lb. junior rewarded that confidence with a booming 48-yard field goal that broke the school record and most importantly, tied the game at 13-all with 4:38 remaining.
"That kid has kicked with us since he was a freshman," Gettle said of Boor. "I can't even count on both hands how many kicking camps he has been to over the last two years. He's very serious about being a good kicker and his Mom and Dad work with him all the time. For him to put that 48-yarder through there was the highlight of his life I'm sure."
With the game tied, the defense came back out and did exactly what it needed to do, stop the Mustangs on three plays deep in Edgewood territory. Punting from their own 13-yard line, the Mustangs gave the ball back to the Knights, who took over at midfield for their final drive.
Miller, who had 114 of Northview's 224 yards on the ground, broke off a 34-yard run on the first play to put the Knights in prime position. Facing a third-and-11 situation at the 15-yard line, Stewart shook a defender for a 13-yard run and a first down. One play later, Miller scored the game-winner on a two-yard burst and a 20-13 lead for the Knights.
Fittingly, the defense finished off the win, forcing four straight incompletions by Brown.
"In the first half they were able to move the ball some so in the second half the defense was much better," Gettle said. "It was the key to victory. We were able to get some stops, got the ball back in our offense's hands and we started making plays."
Stewart had 113 yards rushing and 152 yards through the air for the Knights with Rector grabbing five passes for 118 yards. Chase Haring and McKee each had an interception for the Knights.
Northview (1-1 overall, 1-0 WIC) travels to Terre Haute North on Friday evening.
EW -- Nic Brown 66-yard pass to Damien Chambers (run failed), 6:25
EW -- Brown 14-yard pass to Gabe Koontz (Derek Driver kick), 11:22
Nv -- Trey Boor 29-yard field goal, 0:01
Nv -- Tucker Stewart 30-yard run (Boor kick), 10:51
Nv -- Boor 48-yard field goal, 4:38
Nv -- Jessie Miller two-yard run (Boor kick), 1:03
Rushing -- Nv (Miller 21-114 TD, Stewart 15-113 TD, Hawkins 3-(-3). EW -- (Bowman 8-45, Harrison 5-13, Brown 8-0, Chambers 1-0).
Passing -- Nv (Stewart 9-20 152 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.), EW (Brown 4-15 2 TD, 2 Int.).
Receiving -- Nv (Reagan 3-11, Rector 5-118, Girton 1-23), EW (Chambers 2-69 TD, Koontz 1-14 TD, Driver 1-5).