Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview Knights were going to need to play nearly flawless to compete with an experienced and talented Terre Haute North squad on Friday night.
"We just got taken to the woodshed by a team that is a lot bigger, faster and stronger," Northview coach George Gettle said. "If you watch film, it wasn't something that we didn't see or expect. The only thing you can hope for is to play a near-perfect game with very few mistakes. You hope you can somehow stick around in the game and stay in it and hopefully force them into a mistake or two that will give you a chance to compete. That just didn't happen tonight."
The Patriots didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard as five plays into the first drive of the game, Brother Scank rambled 21 yards for a touchdown. He also found the end zone on North's following drive as the Patriots marched 56 yards on nine plays that culminated in a one-yard run by Scank for a 14-0 advantage.
The Northview offense was having plenty of its own problems against a stout Patriot front line. The Knights gained nine yards on its first drive, but the second one ended in an interception by Austin Lewis on Northview's 32-yard line. While North couldn't capitalize on that turnover, a second pick, this one by Ryan Moshak, led to a 32-yard TD reception by Austin Lewis with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter.
The remainder of the first half had a familiar look to Northview fans as the Knights were stymied on offense and the Patriots kept making big plays.
Vasco Billberry intercepted a Tucker Stewart pass early in the second period and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown. The Patriots would score the final two TDs of the half on the first play of drives. Chris Barrett hit Charles Dillahunt on a screen pass that turned into a 40-yard score and Ricky Brookins scored on a 57-yard run to push the halftime gap to 41-0.
The much bigger North players exerted their will up front during the first half before giving way to the second and third string as the second half played out.
"Like I talked to the kids, hopefully some of the younger guys realize that the weight room is where football games are won and lost," Gettle said. "It starts in January and through the spring and summer. You have to take that part as serious as the actually practicing of the game. We were just overmatched tonight."
The Knights had some more success later in the game via the ground as Jesse Miller got the bulk of the carries, running for 61 yards on 15 carries in the second half.
The Patriots would add single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters as Brookins finished off a two-touchdown evening with a 37-yard score. Austin Barron scored the final TD on a one-yard carry.
The Knights (1-2 overall, 1-0 WIC) host Sullivan in a conference game next Friday at 7 p.m.
At T.H. North
THN -- Brother Scank 21-yard run (Zach Potter kick), 10:33
THN -- Scank one-yard run (Potter kick), 4:14
THN -- Chris Barrett II 32-yard pass to Austin Lewis (Potter kick), 1:21
THN -- Vasco Billberry 15-yard interception return (kick failed), 9:15
THN -- Barrett 40-yard pass to Charles Dillahunt (Potter kick), 6:54
THN -- Ricky Brookins 57-yard run (Potter kick), 4:24
THN -- Brookins 37-yard run (Potter kick), 5:45
THN -- Austin Barron one-yard run (Potter kick), 5:49
Rushing -- Nv (Miller 23-72, Stewart 5-(-21), Hawkins 3-3, Little 1-(-3). THN -- (Scank 11-59, Barrett 1-7, Brookins 7-124, Stratton 1-4, Davis 1-0, Barron 7-6, Massey 3-4, Billberry 1-9, Jackson 1-2).
Passing -- Nv (Stewart 2-9 0 yards, 0 TD, 3 Int., Little 0-0 0 yards), THN (Barrett 5-7 120 yards, 2 TD, 0 Int., Massey 0-0 0 yards).
Receiving -- Nv (Bucholz 1-5, Miller 1-(-5), THN (Blank 1-12, Lewis 2-58, Brookins 1-10, Dillahunt 1-40).