Ending the regular season hot shows signs of growth.
And over the course of the past three weeks, the Northwest Mohawks’ football program has shown nothing but that. After collecting big victories in margin by defeating Notre Dame and Green, 48-12 and 41-0, the past two weekends, Northwest achieved arguably its biggest victory of the year by defeating Symmes Valley, 28-6, to close out the year with three straight victories and a .500 overall mark in SOC II conference play.
From the outset, Northwest wasted no time dominating the line of scrimmage as Billy Crabtree — who continued to make an impact by rushing for 51 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries — scored from eight yards out to put the Mohawks up by a 7-0 tally.
While Symmes Valley would ultimately answer on its next drive with a 10-yard touchdown spurt from Sam Angelo to cut the gap to a 7-6 tally, that aforementioned margin proved to be as close as the Vikings would come to the point as Kyle Leslie answered Crabtree’s scoring jaunt by adding his own six-yard touchdown run to increase the Northwest lead to 13-6. Crabtree then added his second and final score — a 10-yarder — later on in the quarter to put the Mohawks up 21-6 after a successful two-point try was tacked on. Andrew Howard, who ran for 73 yards on seven carries, capped off the evening by scoring from two yards out to close the deal.
For the contest, Crabtree and Howard, who combined to run for 124 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries, led a Mohawks unit that saw each of its eight ballcarriers gain at least four yards per attempt on the ground. Hobby Howard ran for 57 yards on seven carries, while Leslie (31 yards and a touchdown on four carries), Timmy Emmons (28 yards, three carries), Austin Penrod (23 yards, four carries), Nathan Rivers (20 yards, five carries) and Garrett Rowe (12 yards, three carries) all proved to be strong from a rushing standpoint. Braden Borens added 25 yards receiving on his lone catch of the game.
Defensively, Northwest shined greatly in its victory as the Mohawks held Symmes Valley to just 183 total yards and forced four turnovers on the evening. Keifer Wilson threw for 71 yards, but completed just three of his 11 passes and was picked off twice.
On the defensive side of the ball, Rowe led the way with 11 tackles and an assisted stop, while Leslie and Andrew Howard added eight tackles and a sack apiece. The former also accumulated a tackle for a loss and recovered a fumble that the senior forced on his own on Friday evening, while Emmons added two interceptions to his statline.
Hobby Howard (seven tackles) and Austin Hall (six tackles, one assisted tackle, and one tackle for loss) were among the additional standouts for Northwest (3-7), who finished the 2017 campaign in a strong fashion.
New Boston/SOMC Basketball League to commence
The New Boston/SOMC and Challenger Basketball League will be conducting signups for its annual league, which include boys and girls grades kindergarten through sixth grade for the New Boston/SOMC League and all ages for the Challenger Basketball League, on seven different dates from late October through mid-November.
The league costs $30 to enroll one player, $50 for two players, and $60 for three or more individuals to participate in. Teams from other schools can sign up teams in the league. Those units will need to list a roster with school name, the grade and age for each player on said roster, and any issues for the aforementioned players on the list. Coaches will also have to have their name and phone number on roster. Teams will have to call or email for their league fee cost.
The league, which is in its 14th year of operation, introduced SOMC to the team in 2010. In 2013, the New Boston Challenger League was officially formed as part of the league.
“I am very blessed and happy to have seen so many players come through this league and go on to do great things,” Steve Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator, said. “The league’s logo has always been ‘It’s all for the kids.’
Signups can be done at the New Boston Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Avenue, New Boston, Ohio 45562 on Friday, Oct. 27th, Monday, Oct. 30th, Friday, Nov. 3rd, Monday, Nov. 6th Friday, Nov. 10th, Monday, Nov. 13th,and Friday, Nov. 17th. The time for all sign up dates is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Hamilton at (740) 352-5906 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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