IBERIA – Chemistry and camaraderie are among the intangibles Northmor’s football team is hoping to capitalize on this autumn.
“Our players have done a good job getting in the weight room, recruiting buddies to play and working this summer,” coach B.J. Trainer said. “With the continuity we have, we expect our players to have a very good understanding of our offense and defense.”
Trainer has 14 years under his belt at the school. The Knights are coming off a 4-6 season, 2-4 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division. That’s a solid showing in a strong league, but replicating that kind of campaign won’t be easy, even with nine returning lettermen.
Northmor must replace quarterback Zach Carroll and receiver Jamie Baldridge. Last fall Carroll connected on 83-of-143 passes for 1,155 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 10 scores on the ground. Baldridge caught 35 aerials for 440 yards and 5 TDs.
That duo fueled an offense that racked up a whopping 31.5 points per game.
“While we have a lot of experience on our offensive line, we have a new quarterback, starting halfback and offensive tackle,” Trainer said.
Northmor will operate out of the straight T with seven returning starters, most of them up front.
Seniors Lucas Earhart (5-7, 215), Austin Yeater (5-9, 180), Brice Trimble (5-10, 255) and Andrew Fissell (6-1, 300) line up with junior left tackle Chase Crabtree (6-2, 195) along a versatile front wall.
Senior Mason Jordan (6-1, 170) projects as the quarterback, with senior Korbyn Huston (5-7, 160) and junior Jake Farley (5-7, 150) at halfback. Senior Lane Foster (6-1, 200) joins them in the backfield at fullback.
Seniors Trevor Pryor (6-1, 155), Mitchell Whisler (5-7, 140) and Kameron Smith (6-1, 160) are the tight end candidates.
Defensively, Northmor yielded 26.4 points per game last season.
This year’s bunch operates out of a base 4-4, with tackles Lucas Earhart (5-7, 215) and Fissell, sandwiched between Crabtree and Yeater on the defensive line.
At linebacker, junior Aaron Vitte (5-9, 150) teams with Huston, Jordan and Foster. The secondary includes Whisler, Pryor and Smith.
Gunner Lilly, Kaleb Williams, Frank Keller, and Jacob Walker figure to provide depth.
“Our side of the MOAC has three very good teams, Fredericktown, Highland and Centerburg, that I anticipate will be at the forefront” Trainer said. “Our goal is to perform at our best every Friday night, and work to position ourselves among the best in our league.”
Aug. 29 at Crestline
Sept. 5 WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN
Sept. 12 LUCAS
Sept. 19 at Centerburg
Sept. 26 at East Knox
Oct. 3 CARDINGTON
Oct. 10 HIGHLAND
Oct. 17 at Mount Gilead
Oct. 24 FREDERICKTOWN
Oct. 31 at Elgin
2013 Results (4-6, 2-4)
42 CRESTLINE 6
13 COLONEL CRAWFORD 52
33 Lucas 28
26 Centerburg 51
44 FREDERICKTOWN 56
8 Highland 44
20 MOUNT GILEAD 28
26 Elgin 45
55 RIDGEDALE 21
48 Cardington 33