BRAZIL — When playing a three-time defending state champion, even one from another class, turnovers are a no-no, as Northview found out Friday night.
Indianapolis Chatard capitalized on two Northview turnovers in the opening quarter and never looked back en route to a 48-7 victory in the opening night of Class 4A Sectional No. 22 at Northview High School.
“Definitely not the way you want to start a game with a fumble, they score, throw an interception. Against good teams, you can’t do things like that. You got to play basically error-free football and we knew that going in [to the game],” Northview coach Mark Raetz.
Northview finished its first season under Raetz with a 7-3 record and Western Indiana Conference championship.
“I told our kids after the game they’ve got nothing to hang their heads about what we accomplished this season,” Raetz said.
Chatard, the three-time Class 3A state champion that moved up to Class 4A due to the IHSAA tournament success rule, scored four touchdowns running the ball and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Chatard’s Alex Kimack rushed for 169 yards, including a 66 yard TD Northview’s offense managed just 50 yards rushing and 85 yards passing. Punter Mark Underwood was called upon eight times.
The defense, led by the two interceptions of Levi Riggle, gave the Knights a couple of scoring opportunities. But Northview scored on just one.
Northview received the opening kickoff, but fumbled on the second play from scrimmage and the Trojans recovered the ball at the Knights’ 16-yard line. Chatard’s Sam Jost scored on a 1-yard run.
Northview picked up a first down on its second possession when Kelly Hawkins caught a Tucker Stewart pass for nine yards. But two plays later, Chatard intercepted a Stewart pass and returned it 22 yards to the Knights’ 38.