Brown County spoils Knights' senior night
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The Brown County Eagles did their part to spoil Senior Night at Northview on Friday night, picking up a 22-21 victory over the Knights for the Eagles first win since 2003 against the Knights.
Brown County was able to take one-point lead in the fourth quarter as junior quarterback Dillon Boknecht found Ben Shuager for a 10-yard TD pass with 9:37 remaining in the contest.
However, the Knights did their part to make things exciting, stringing together a 13-play drive that ate nearly seven minutes off the clock and reached the 10-yard line. Quarterback Tucker Stewart hit Ben Girton for a 19-yard reception on a third-and-six play at the Knights' own 19-yard line to give Northview a new set of downs. Jesse Miller followed with a 15-yard run and Stewart added runs of six, five and eight yards. Miller had a nine-yard run and Jacob Little's seven-yard run got Northview to the 11-yard line and set up a third-and-four situation. On the next snap, Miller slipped in the backfield while making a cut to bring up a long fourth down situation with 2:47 remaining in the game.
The Knights chose to go for a field goal, but the kick was just wide left as Brown County maintained the lead.
"We had a few missed opportunities. I thought it was a fairly well played game on both parts. It was a tough, competitive game. I thought when we got the long drive there at the end of the game and got us in position for the field goal," Northview coach George Gettle said. "I thought maybe that was the deciding factor. We all win as a team and lose as a team. It's a very tough loss for the seniors. I know the kids played hard. I applaud their effort, it's a tough loss."
Brown County took possession and was able to pick up a first down and run out the clock on the victory.
Gettle wasn't going to second guess the decision to try the field goal on fourth down following the game.
"It was about fourth-and-four. With Trey (Boor) and the way he's kicked, he's got plenty of leg. I thought a field goal is a field goal and we could make the field goal. I thought that was a little less risky than trying to get a four or five yard run where (Brown County) would probably stack the box."
The Knights opened the game with momentum as Liam Jones took the first half kickoff and sprinted down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown run to put Northview ahead 7-0. However, Brown County responded on its second possession after interception Stewart at the 35-yard line. Boknecht hit Luke Huls for a 47-yard gain to the Knights' 23-yard line and five plays later it was Boknecht pushing across for a one-yard score. The conversion run put Brown County ahead 8-7.
The Eagles' next offensive possession turned into points for the Knights as Miller drilled Boknecht in the backfield and defensive end Daniel Kimball caught the fumble and hustled 30 yards for the score and a 14-8 lead for the Knights.
A hectic first quarter would go to Brown County as the Eagles' short passing game kept the Knights off balance.
Boknecht completed four passes on the next drive, the final one a 16-yard over the shoulder catch by Huls for a score and a 16-14 Eagles' lead at the break.
In the second half, the Knights were able to take a lead after Chad Godsey recovered a fumble on defense and set Northview up in good field position at the Brown County 39-yard line.
Miller ripped off a 10-yard run that would set up an 18-yard against the grain run by Stewart for the go-ahead score, 21-16.
The Knights nearly added to its lead on the next drive, but a fumbled snap on a field goal derailed the opportunity.
The Knights end the regular season with a 3-6 mark with sectional play beginning Friday night at Lawrence North High School against Indianapolis Cathedral.
Nv -- Liam Jones 75-yard kickoff return (Trey Boor kick), 11:46
BC -- Dillon Boknecht one-yard run (Boknecht run), 6:26
Nv -- Daniel Kimball 30-yard fumble return (Boor kick), 4:32
BC -- Boknecht 16-yard pass to Brandon Callahan (pass to Huls), 0:59
Nv -- Tucker Stewart 18-yard run (Boor kick), 8:39
BC -- Boknecht 10-yard pass to Ben Shrauger (conversion failed), 9:37
Rushing -- Nv (Miller 17-92, Stewart 14-100, Little 4-17). BC (Dowell 7-14, Boknecht 16-21, Callahan 2-5).
Passing -- Nv (Stewart 6-11 53 yards, 0 TD, 1 Int). BC (Boknecht 23-35 244 yards, 2 TD, 0 Int.)
Receiving -- Nv (Rector 2-8, Girton 3-40, Little 1-5). BC (Shauger 12-95, Huls 8-122, Callahan 2-23, Ercoli 1-4).