PDT Sports Writer
One of the biggest surprises last football season came in the Week 4 match-up between Notre Dame and Northwest in McDermott.
The Mohawks used a Luke Brown 3-yard touchdown run with 8.4 seconds left to escape with a 23-20 victory. It was the final victory for Northwest, which finished the season 3-7.
The argument can be made the loss by the Titans in the contest eventually set up a Week 10, win or go home scenario with East after Notre Dame fell the week before at Symmes Valley. The Tartans won 20-7, sending them to the playoffs and the Blue and Gold home.
The two teams meet Saturday night at Spartan Stadium and it will be hard to not use last year’s game as motivation for either side. The Mohawks enter the contest looking for their first victory of the season after the first three ended in defeats.
For Northwest coach Brooks Fry, who last week watched his team fall 39-6 at Chillicothe Huntington, it’s all about giving a better effort from the bottom to the top.
“Last week at Huntington it was pretty disappointing,” Fry said. “I didn’t feel we played particularly well obviously but that starts with me as the head coach, I’ve got to do a little better job of preparing and evidently coaching during the game, the kids go as the head coach goes.”
Saturday night will be the second home contest this season for the Titan football team. Notre Dame is coming off a 37-20 victory over Newcomerstown.
For the first time this season, the Mohawks will be going up against a team that likes to line the quarterback under center more than going from the shotgun. However Fry did see Titans quarterback Michael Mader operate from the shotgun and get the ball out to the plethora of weapons.
“It’s just going to have to take an overall top-notch effort from us to go in there Saturday night and compete,” Fry said.
If last week’s loss was any lesson to be learned, Fry said it’s that last year’s outcome is in the past and you can’t use past experience to go into the present battles.
“You have to be prepared and you have to go play every game like it’s a brand new game,” Fry said. “You’re playing a totally different opponent than what you played the year before.”
Many Northwest fans will be intrigued at the progress of quarterback Dustin Seaman as he starts his fourth-straight contest at the position.
Notre Dame coach Bob Ashley was unavailable for comment Thursday.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org.