Northwest Mohawks prep for first game

Derrick Parker - Daily Times Sports Contributor

The Northwest Mohawks have had a busy summer. They’ve hired a new, first-year head Coach in Doug Montavon. Montavon installed a brand new offense for the Mohawks, one that he promises will be quite different from last season.

“We are definitely hoping to spread the field out more,” said Montavon. “We want to utilize our athletes as much as we can. We are going to need our linemen to hold their blocks as we spread it around more.”

Much of the Mohawks gameplan in game one, and most likely the entire season, will revolve around running back Austin Jenkins.

“Austin is crucial to our offense,” said Montavon. “He’s a three year starter. This kid will push himself until he collapses if you let him. That’s how hard he works.

“He’s just a great kid. He’s the kind of kid that if he was dating your daughter you wouldn’t be upset.”

Besides Jenkins, Montavon looks to four year starer Marcus Mitchell on the offensive line, as well as quarterback Garret Rowe to have a big part to play.

“Rowe is going to have a lot of responsibility in this new scheme,” said Montavon. “I want to see what he’s got this first week.”

The Mohawks will host the Southeastern Panthers Friday evening. Last season the Mohawks came out on top by a score of 32-10. Coach Montavon isn’t overlooking them, as this is his first ever time to take the field as a head coach.

“I just want us to come out and play good, hard hitting football,” Montavon said. “You are always nervous your first time doing anything. This time, though, I’ll be out in front of hundreds of people.

“Southeastern has some good, skilled players. They run several formations and try to get the ball to the outside. They are well-coached and don’t make many mistakes.”

Coach Montavon hopes to force some of those rare mistakes from the Panthers on Friday. He notes that speed, especially on the outside, will help to contain them.

The Mohawks go into the season following a 7-3 record last year. Their only conference lost came to the SOC I winning Oak Hill Oaks. Montavon hopes that in taking over an already successful program and installing some new playbook schemes he can propel his team to more success.

“Of course you want to win games,” said Montavon. “But we really are going to take it one play at a time, and one game at a time. We have kids still fighting over positions. If we keep that kind of competitive spirit and hard work going good things are going to happen.”

When the bands starts to play and the crowd starts to cheer, Montavon will lead the Mohawks out on the field with one last piece of advice:

“It’s for real this time. It counts. Play like it.”

Derrick Parker

Daily Times Sports Contributor