MCDERMOTT — Coming off their eighth winning season in program history, Northwest senior Billy Crabtree made it official Wednesday that his time spent on the gridiron wasn’t quite long enough.
Crabtree — one of six seniors on the 2019 Northwest football team — signed his letter of intent to continue his education and football career at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky.
“This has always been a dream of mine,” Crabtree said at his signing ceremony, Wednesday. “I’m beyond thankful God has allowed me to continue my academic and athletic career.”
In addition to being a four-year football player during high school, Crabtree is also a four-year basketball player, a two-year soccer player, and a one-year track athlete and baseball player, respectively.
As for the switch from high school to college — both as a student and athlete — Crabtree believes the transition should be fairly smooth.
“I see myself fitting in pretty well at KCU,” Crabtree said. “I already have family and friends there so I pretty much know what to expect when the semester begins.”
During his senior season and his father Bill’s first year leading the Mohawks program, Northwest improved from 2-8 to 6-4 and played their Week 10 game against Symmes Valley for the Southern Ohio Conference Division I outright championship.
Whether it was a turnaround or a channeling of already in-place talent, the year Northwest had in football is certainly one to be remembered.
“This past season just shows what is possible if everyone had the same desire and passion for the game,” Crabtree said. “My senior class finished with a record of 12-40 and six of the wins came this year. We struggled pretty much our whole high school career, so to go out with a 6-4 record is pretty nice considering where we were.”
Crabtree plans to major in early childhood education because, “I want to help make a difference in young kids lives.”
As for the signing ceremony itself, Crabtree was thankful for the support of those closest to him as he inches closer toward the next stage in his life.
“It means the world to me to have all my friends, family, and my teachers here because if it weren’t for these people, none of this would have been able to happen.”
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