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September 8, 2006

Quick Hits: Record-setting start to season for Knights, Thunderbirds

TERRE HAUTE — Two Wabash Valley teams are off to school-record starts to the 2006 high school football season. Northview and North Central are both 3-0 in the young season.

The Knights are coming off a big win at Terre Haute North.

How big was it? Not the biggest win of Northview coach George Gettle’s career, but a huge one, nonetheless.

“There’s no win like winning the state title like I did in 1998 [as offensive coordinator of Bloomington South],” Gettle said. “We beat Vincennes when they were ranked No. 1 in state. Any time you can beat a MIC team, which everyone says is the best conference in the state, it says a lot about where our kids are.”

Northview plays host to Sullivan tonight in a Western Indiana Conference matchup. Gettle said he doesn’t anticipate a let down.

“We’ve addressed it pretty hot and heavy. That’s the last thing we’re going to do after that win,” Gettle said.

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n Backers, DBs lead Knights — Leading the Knights’ defense, which has allowed just 10 points-per-game thus far, has been its linebackers and defensive backs, Gettle said. The linebacking corps of Nick Lancaster, Chris Dean and Jordan Keller and strong safety Dylan Cruz have led the way. Gettle has been happy with both his offensive and defensive units, but particularly the middle and back of the defense.

“I’ve been pleased with our aggressiveness and willingness to fly around and get to the football,” Gettle said. “We’re pretty young. I just look for our defense to continue getting better every week.”

n Don’t take the T-birds’ winning streak away — North Central’s 3-0 start is believed to be the best start in school history. Long-time assistant coach Aaron Greve said the 1985 North Central team and one of the first NC teams in 1968 may have matched the 3-0 start.

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