BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – After being shut out in their home opener on August 30th, the Northview Knights were 0-2 and scoreless through two games.
Head coach Mark Raetz says,”So we knew there was a possibility we would struggle opening up, but we felt very confident we would continue to get better as the season went and I think that’s shown.”
The next week, Northview wins at Sullivan, 28-7 to start conference play 1-0.
Raetz says,”As you said no one is really young when it comes to Week Eight. Everybody has experience now and our team has gotten better offensively the first couple of weeks we didn’t score a point. As the season’s gone, we’ve been scoring much, much more. Defensively we opened the season really strong and we’ve struggled the last couple of weeks, but I credit North Putnam and Greencastle with some of that.”
Senior Zack Calandrilla says,”I think just the chemistry we have. All of us are real close guys. We just know each other real well. We have some new players, but they’ve gotten along with us all summer. They have been here and know how the things work. We are willing to play hard every single play and that’s how it clicks together.”
If defense is your brand of football, then take notice of those Knights who are averaging a pick six in almost every game recently.
Zack says,”I feel like it’s the line getting back there and our guys just watching for the ball and making sure they know where everything is and getting ready.”
Raetz says,”We’ve just kinda lucked out. Right place at the right time I guess. Some of those guys that are making big plays, there’s some stuff on film they can probably play better. We are happy those plays have happened and they have helped us get both of those wins.”
Now, the Knights look to wrap up WIC West play unbeaten, if they can travel to South Putnam Friday night and get a big win.
Raetz says,”It’s gonna be a challenge though, South Putnam is much improved. Their new head coach worked with us the last three years so he’s got a very good idea of what we do on both sides of the ball, but they do a lot of stuff that we do as well. I know they are going to be fired up for us. Our challenge for our guys is to continue to focus and get better this week and play our best football come Friday.”