INDIANAPOLIS -- The Northview Knights found out first hand just how potent Indianapolis Cathedral was on both sides of the ball Friday night.
The defending Class 4A state champions rolled on to the second round of sectional action with a 62-0 victory over the Knights at Lawrence North High School.
The scoring statistics provide a glaring look at just how explosive the Irish offense is as Cathedral scored four times in the first half on the first play of the drive or a punt return and seven of the Irish touchdowns in the opening two quarters came in the first three plays of a drive.
Northview coach George Gettle admitted that the Knights just didn't have enough weapons on defense to control Cathedral's offensive weaponry.
"It was just outgunned and outmanned, but you know what, I'm proud of the kids. We didn't quit. We tried to execute our game plan to the best of our ability," Gettle said. "The kids played hard and we were fighting. It was just way too many athletes for us in open space. Once they got into open space, we just couldn't catch them.
Cathedral scored on the first play of its opening drive as senior Gino Gillum broke loose for a 23-year TD run to get the scoring underway.
The Knights countered on their second drive by picking up a first down and moved the ball out to the 35-yard line, but stalled.
After the punt, the Irish took over at their own 43-yard line, but drove quickly.
Gillum ripped off gains of 13, 10 and eight yards before quarterback Conner Rice finished the drive off with an option look for a 12-yard TD run.
The Knights moved the ball once again the following drive as senior Jesse Miller carried twice for six yards and QB Tucker Stewart found freshman Ben Girton for a five-yard pick up and a first down.
However, the drive would end in another punt that set up a short field for Cathedral.
Gillum ran for a 13-yard gain and followed with a 12-yard pick up before racing 15 yards off an option pitch to score the third touchdown of the game.
The hole continued to get deeper for the Knights after punting on their next drive, Wyatt Wood hauled in the kick and raced down the sideline for a 55-yard score and a 34-0 lead to start the second quarter.
The Knights struggled to mount much of a drive offensively, which put the defense in short fields much of the evening.
Just one of the Northview offensive possessions in the first half lasted more than a minute on the clock.
Meanwhile, Cathedral continued to showcase its skill players as Rice hit Terry McLaurin for a short gain that turned into a 43-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kick, Cathedral recovered the ball and Rice scored from one yard out before second string running back John Hummel finished the scoring with a 59-yard run and a 55-0 lead at the break.
The second half was played with a running clock and Cathedral went to its reserves.
The Knights' defense recovered a fumble by quarterback Brian Haas and moved the ball down to the one-yard line.
Miller did much of the work with six carries on the 33-yard drive, but a fumble at the goal line kept the Knights out of the endzone.
Two plays later, it was Hummel again, scoring on a 73-yard run to provide the final margin.
Defensively, Jacob Dean also recovered a second half fumble for the Knights late in the fourth quarter.
The Knights bid goodbye to a 12-man senior class that Gettle acknowledged following the contest.
"I'm real proud of the senior class. The year didn't turn out the way we wanted it too, but everybody played as hard as they possibly could," Gettle said. "There were signs that we were getting better as each game progressed. I'm just real proud of the seniors for providing the leadership that they did for this year's team."
The Knights finished the season with a 3-7 mark.
Northview 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Cathedral 20 35 7 0 -- 63
CA -- Gillum 23-yard run (kick good), 10:06
CA -- Rice 16-yard run (kick good), 4:49
CA -- Gillum 15-yard run (kick failed), 0:22
CA -- Wood 55-yard punt return (kick good), 10:21
CA -- Rice 64-yard pass to McLaurin (kick good), 8:40
CA -- Rice 43-yard pass to Levingston (kick good), 5:35
CA -- Rice 1-yard run (kick good), 4:36
CA -- Hummel 59-yard run (kick good), 2:01
CA -- Hummel 73-yard run (kick good), 4:16