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The Assignment is Clear For Northmor

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Northmor has never made the playoffs and they have a really good chance this year, but they have to keep winning if they are going to do it.

Right now, they stand sixth in their division six computer region. The top eight make it.

They outscored Mt. Gilead (54-26) last week and coach Scott Armrose says the nice thing was they were able to spread things around more than they have in some other weeks. “The great thing about our offensive performance Friday night was we completed all kinds of passes and we spread the ball around,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “It wasn’t just “Meechie” carrying us on his back. “Meechie” only had 10 carries, so we did a lot of things well Friday night other than running “Meechie.” We got a lot of other people involved in the offense and it is fun when we do that.”

Armrose they certainly have other players other than quarterback Demetrious Johnson that can do some things and make some big plays. “We have have Conan Becker, who has run the ball really hard all season long and Conan is a very good running back, he has close to 600 yards rushing. He is doing a great job. We have Wyatt Reeder and Coner Becker and Kyle Kegley and Chris Bood, who can all go up and catch the ball. They are good receivers. So, we have other weapons that we can use and given the opportunity we will use them,” said Armrose.

Northmor (6-2,3-2) plays at home Friday night against the Centerburg Trojans (2-6,1-4,) who lost to Danville (41-0) last week “KMAC” game.

Armrose says Centerburg plays pretty good defense. He says he would like to get some scores early. “Centerburg has had very tough defensive shows this year. They have been in a lot of games, late in the game where their defense has kept them in it. They have struggled offensively to keep thing going. We look for a battle Friday night. We look for Centerburg to plat tough defense against us. We need our defense to come up big to limit their points,” said Armrose.

The Northmor coach says a win is a must or next week against won’t mean anything. “We absolutely have to take care of business this Friday night. Centerburg is the only team on our mind right now. We are focused solely on this game and we know it’s a big one and we have to come out and take care of business,” he said.

Published 10/20/17

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Northmor Not Thinking of Playoffs… Yet

Northmor is a school that has never made the high school football playoffs, but they have a chance to do it this year.

They in the number five spot in their division six region after seven weeks of play. They need to finish in the top eight at the end of week 10.

They play at winless Mt. Gilead this week in a Knox Morrow Athletic Conference game.

Last week, they kind of dropped out of contention in the league when they lost (32-28) to unbeaten East Knox. They now trail the Bulldogs and Highland by two games with three to play.

Coach Scott Armrose says the Bulldogs just had one more play than they did last week. He says it was a heck of a game. “East Knox is a good football team and they played one heck of a game. We scored and they scored and we scored and they scored and it was back and forth. They just made one more play than we did,” he said.

When it comes to the postseason, Armrose says they can’t be watching the computer standings, they have to keep their focus on Mt. Gilead. “It has never happened in our school’s history and we know that opportunity is there. We are going to need help and we are going to have to take care of business. What it comes down to this week is beating Mt. Gilead and we know that is what it is all about,” said Armrose.

The Golden Knights (5-2,2-2) are at Mt. Gilead (0-7,0-4) this week. The Indians played really their best game of the season, at least in league play, when they lost at Centerburg (35-24) last week in a league game.

Armrose says injuries have killed Mt. Gilead this year, but when they have all of their players they can do some things. “Mt. Gilead has struggled this season as far as getting wins. They have battled a lot of injuries and their numbers are down just a little bit and the have had a hard time keeping their team on the field,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “When they are healthy and have everybody full force they can be a dangerous football team. They have a good receiver in Mollohan, number 16. He is a big kid and a good looking athlete on both sides of the ball and he is dangerous. Mt. Gilead has a quarterback that can throw well too.”

Published 10/13/17

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Northmor Must have Win

Northmor trails co-leaders Highland and East Knox by a game in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference and they almost surely need a win when then host the Bulldogs on Friday night.

Falling two games back with three to play would be pretty tough to recover from when it comes to winning the conference title.

Last week, after losing to Danville the week before, the Golden Knights (5-1,2-1) demolished Cardington (32-7) in a league game.

Coach Scott Armrose says they were able to adapt as they game went on. “We got off to a slow start again, but we adjusted well as the game went on and the kids really played hard and we were able to pull away in the second half,” he said.

He added it was good to get the monkey off their backs. “It feels really good to get that awful taste of losing out of your mouth. It sticks around with you for the whole week and it feels go to get that out of your mouth,” he said.

East Knox (6-0,3-0) whipped Centerburg (34-0) in a league test last week. Armrose says this is an outstanding football team they will be facing. “It is a very good football team. You don’t get to be 6-0 unless you are a real good football team. On both sides of the ball offensively and defensively they have done some real good things. They are a very good football team,” said Armrose.

East Knox is a football team that is blessed with a lot of speed. Armrose says they use that well on both sides of the ball with their passing game and their blitz package on defense. “East Knox is a spread, pass football team. They have a quarterback that is as good as we have seen all season. They use the whole field. He has a great arm. He throws it well underneath, he throws it well deep. They have a couple of kids that run the ball really hard. They are not real big up front, but they have really good overall team speed,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “Defensively, they are a 3-3 stack or a 3-5 football team. They blitz an awful lot. We have not seen this much blitzing to this point in the season. It is something we have had to work on this week. It is going to be a battle Friday night.”

Published 10/06/17

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Pass Defense a Key for Northmor

Northmor lost for the first time last week and now they have to find a way to fix some things as they get ready for Cardington in another Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game.

Danville edged the Golden Knights (41-34) last week.

Coach Scott Armrose says they just go too far behind in the game in the first half. “We just couldn’t overcome the mistakes that we made in the first half. We were down 20 at halftime. We got an early score and then we fell down 20 again and to our boy’s credit they never gave up and they fought the whole game. We were able to make it a football game. We had a chance to score or win it at the end and we just ran out of time,” he said.

Danville knocked down a couple of passes in the end zone.

It was a loss, not a win, for Northmor, but Armrose says he found a lot of positive things about his team in that loss. “We want to forget the week before and improve every week anyway, so win or loss that is the way we approach the next week. It doesn’t matter we are going to learn from the mistakes we made. We are going to learn from the experience,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “We hadn’t trailed in a football game all season and I wasn’t sure how the boys were going to respond. I can count on these boys there is no quit in them and I know that now.”

Northmor (4-1,1-1) plays at Cardington (2-3,1-1) in a conference game on Friday night. The Pirates lost (51-40) to East Knox in a conference game last Friday night.

Armrose says they have a lot of athleticism. “They have a ton of speed on both sides of the football. They are a big play team. The fullback and the quarterback have tremendous speed. It is going to be quite a challenge to say the least,” he said.

Defense has a been a cornerstone for Northmor all year, now Armrose says they must find a way to defend better in the open field. He says playing good defense is the key. “We have done that all year, really we have. With Danville is was the first week with a team that is really going to spread the field and throw the ball over you. We were used to taking on Lucas and Fredericktown and Crestview. Those teams run right at you. It was a learning experience for us. Cardington is going to be just as much a challenge as Danville was as far as running the spread offense,” said Armrose.

Published 9/26/17

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Northmor Continues to Roll

Northmor has been one of the feel good stories of the 2017 football season so far. A program that has had a lot more losing seasons than winning ones over the last 30 years, is unbeaten on the season.

They destroyed Fredericktown (43-8) last Friday on the opening night of play in the new Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference.

First year head coach Scott Armrose says it was an important win for them. “To start conference play in the first year in a new conference we felt like our football team was headed in the right direction and we wanted to make a statement and play a good game to get a good start in league play,” he said.

He adds they have scored some points, but they have been very good on defense too. “The last two weeks we have given up touchdowns late against some of our backups. We are playing very, very good defense right now,” he said.

Armrose knows who to credit when it comes to the defense that the Golden Knights have been playing this year. “Coach Morgan is our defensive coordinator. I talked to coach Morgan here in the early spring and my sales pitch was, hey, this is your defense, you call the shots, you make the plans and I going to give you the freedom to do what you want. He has done that and it is probably the best decision I think I have ever made,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “He is insane when it comes to breaking down film. He puts in the hours and when I say hours I am not speaking figuratively, I mean he puts in the hours. He puts together a good plan, but it is not a crazy plan, it’s plan our kids can execute, and a plan our kids buy into. That is why we have been so successful defensively.”

Northmor (4-0,1-0) travels to Danville (3-1,0-1) to take on a traditional power in the Blue Devils. Danville lost their first game as part of the new league (26-0) at Highland last week in their first loss of the year.

Armrose says the Blue Devils are going to be a much different challenge for them than they have been seeing this season. “Danville is a different kind of challenge. The last few weeks we have played Lucas and Crestview and Fredericktown, teams that want to pound the ball. Danville is going to spread the field and throw the ball around. So, it is definitely a different challenge. They have five receivers and then two tight ends and three receivers. They use every bit of the field and do it very well. They have a really good quarterback in Skyler Durbin that can really throw the ball around. Then they can spread you out and he can run the ball. So, it is quite a challenge for us this week ,” said Armrose.

Published 9/20/17

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Northmor Wants to Control Point of Attack

Northmor has been fantastic over the first three weeks of the season and opens play in the new Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference by hosting the Fredericktown Freddies on Friday night.

They beat the Lucas Cubs and their football in a phone booth approach last week (26-8) in non-conference play.

Coach Scott Armrose says they were able to contain the run happy Cubs. “We were very pleased with the results and with how hard our boys played. They continue to play with a tremendous amount of heart and enthusiasm. We played very well in the third quarter and at the end of the game. That is when our boys really seem to strive and take control,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “It really has a lot to do with our defensive coordinator Dave Morgan. Three weeks in a row he has just come up with fantastic plans. They are not these crazy plans they are just plans that are boys buy into that we can learn in a week and they can execute. So, I’m very pleased with the result.”

Defensively, Armrose says they are going to be pretty consistent in their approach and just try and tweak things in little bit depending on who they are playing. “We have a system that we believe in. We run a 4-3 defense and we adjust that system slightly each week, but what the boys do each week is what they do. We believe in our system. We know it works. We can stop any offense with that system. We just have make sure we can adjust our base defense to their offense, so our boys can do the things that they can do,” he said.

Fredericktown (1-2) won its first game of the season last week in beating Utica (34-21) in non-conference play.

Armrose says the Freddies are going to try and make it hard to run the football, which is what they want to do. “They try and do some things that really make you work. The pack the box full of people. They play eight in the box and sometimes more. We are not hiding the fact that we like to run the football and that is what we are going to try and do, so that will be quite a challenge. They are big and physical up front on both sides of the ball. Offensively and defensively their lines are very good and they are going to make us work no doubt about it,” said Armrose.

In a game like this, Armrose says they know the point of attack is going to be key. “We are going to have to control the line of scrimmage. We are going to have to do the same things we have done the first three weeks. It all comes down to controlling the line of scrimmage and the Freddies aren’t going to make that easy. They have got a lot of upperclassmen playing, big kids that are strong and physical. We need to control the line of scrimmage on the defensive side of the ball. Our defense has to play with what we like to call controlled rage, like they did last week,” said Armrose.

Published 9/14/17

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Northmor Getting Ready For Lucas

Two teams off to a good start this season meet on Friday night in non-conference play as Northmor is at Lucas.

The Golden Knights (2-0) beat Worthington Christian (40-14) last week.

Coach Scott Armrose says they got off to a slow start, but he says they found some things in the second half. “We got off to a slow start. We were having trouble moving them up front. We knew they were big and it was going to be a challenge, but we also felt like if we played a physical football game eventually we would be able to overpower them. It was 14-7 at halftime and we got the ball to start the second half. We talked about getting a fast start and getting going and we ended up scoring four touchdowns in the third quarter. So, we were very pleased with that. We just need to become more consistent overall, especially up front with our young offensive line,” said Armrose.

Armrose says at halftime they just talked about things and different ways to go about it. “We reaffirmed the things we talked about before the game and the things we needed take care of getting on these guys and playing physical football. We made a few adjustments. The adjustments we make we are not drawing up new plays,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “We are saying their defensive end is not where we said he would be that’s okay here is how we are going to block him now. With a young offensive line we find ourselves doing a lot of those things right now, but we are learning and getting better every week.”

Lucas (2-0) is coming off a (37-7) belting of Centerburg last week.

They, of course, run the rugby style double tight, double wing offense, and Armrose says that offense is hard to get ready for. “We had an interesting practice (Wednesday) night. It was our first day of school here at Northmor. The first day of school is always a challenge. It was raining as we started our defensive practice and then we had our scout team trying to simulate the Lucas offense. To be friendly it was just a mess. It is very difficult to do,” he said.

Plymouth has adopted the same style and Lucas has seen that in a scrimmage and Armrose thinks that is a plus. “We know exactly what we need to do to slow the Lucas offense down, but knowing it and explaining to the kids that do it are two different things. We have worked hard on it this week. Fortunately we did scrimmage Plymouth early in the season, which gave us some experience and that is going to help us tremendously as well,” he said.

Published 9/07/17

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Northmor Gets Big Win; Readies for Week Two

Last week, the Northmor Golden Knights produced one of their biggest wins in at least their recent football history when then they knocked off highly regarded Crestview.

Demetrious Johnson scored three touchdowns, two on long runs, and one on a pick six to seal the win, and the Golden Knights beat Crestview (21-14) at their place last week.

They play at Worthington Christian in another non-conference game on Friday night.

Scott Armrose, in his first year as head coach, had a smile on his face all weekend and was very excited for his players, especially the seniors. “(Crestview is) a darn good football team. We wanted to make it a close game. We wanted to control the clock a little bit and be in it at the end and we might have a chance,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “We played with a tremendous amount of heart and our defensive coordinator Dave Morgan put together a pretty darn good plan to stopping a really good offense, so I was very pleased for our boys and I was proud of our seniors who worked really hard and had taken a beating the last three years and won a really big game right there.”

Northmor had won just three games over the last two years and nine over the last three.

Johnson is a former state champion in the long jump and a pretty good basketball player too. Armrose says he is a threat anytime he gets the ball in his hands. “Without a doubt, he is a playmaker. He is usually the best athlete on the field. If we can block a couple of people for him he can make plays. The ball just seems to come to him on defense too. He is dangerous on both sides of the ball,” he said.

Worthington Christian lost to Cardington, also of the new Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference, (53-14) last week.

Armrose says the Warriors are going to try and run the football and they are coached by a guy that you might have head of. “Worthington Christian is coached by an All-Pro and a Super Bowl champ in Jeff Hartings, who played for the Steelers. He has some boys of his own that play on the team and they have a lot of really good athletes. They are big up front and the Hartings kid that plays running back is big and fast and hard to stop. They didn’t have a whole lot of success running the ball consistently against Cardington, but we think they will come back and be better this week,” he said.

Published 9/01/17

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Northmor Explodes in Seventh to Beat Mt. Gilead

 

          Northmor scored 13 runs in the seventh inning and they rallied to beat Mt. Gilead (18-8) in a blue division game in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference on Wednesday.

          Trailing by three (8-5) entering the top of the seventh inning the Golden Knights were able to get on a roll.

          Coach Buck Workman says his kids never give up until the final pitch and that was evident on Wednesday.  “That is the thing about our kids I don’t think we have ever given up.  We fight to the last out and (Wednesday) was no different.  We were down 8-5 and we led on the seventh with a walk and a home run and we were back within one.  You could just seem them gain and confidence and we just kept going and we put up 13,” he said.

          Northmor (8-10,4-8) has won its last three games and Workman says his kids are getting into the grove a little better at the plate.  He says the blue division has some pretty good arms.  “The thing is our league is pretty impressive.  Top to bottom every night is a battle.  You are going to struggle to get hits on some nights when you face Mack Aglin (Highland) Monday and the kid is going to Clemson.  He held us to five hits and struck out 10.  It is just not easy,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday night, “Then you have to adjust to some different pitching (Wednesday) night.  The kid we saw we saw earlier in the season too and he is pretty decent.  You have to make adjustments and it took us a little while to do so.”

          You are not going to score 13 runs in an inning very often.  Workman says they have to better at doing the little things that will end up in them scoring runs.  “I think our kids are hitting the ball pretty decent right now.  What I want to see is better execution on bunts and moving runners and doing the little things like we need to do to be successful.  We have a good enough hitting lineup when they are on.  We just need to do those little things better,” he said.

 

Published 4/27/17

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