“We have a chance at being very good,” Northmont coach Lance Schneider said. “Our first five games, though, will be the toughest test we’ve ever faced.”
The T-Bolts open the season with Chaminade-Julienne and then face Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Centerville, Miamisburg and Wayne. GWOC North foes – Troy, Piqua, Butler, Sidney and Trotwood-Madison – round out the slate.
Northmont does have enough potential and talent to escape the gauntlet safely.
Offensively, the T-Bolts have two of the state’s top lineman in seniors Zebrie Sanders and Matt Prichard. Sanders (6-6, 275) is regarded as one of the nation’s top offensive line recruits, and is weighing offers from Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Clemson and Georgia. Prichard (6-1, 280) is a state wrestling qualifier.
L-R: Nate Wilburn-Ogletree, Zebrie Sanders,
Matt Prichard and Daren Youngberg
Those two will open holes for the talented running tandem of Kevin and Korey Ringer, both of whom are nephews of current Michigan State running back Javon Ringer. Kevin (5-9, 200) is a junior and Korey (5-10, 185) is a sophomore.
Senior receiver Nate Wilburn-Ogletree (6-2, 180) is one of the area’s premier pass catchers.
At quarterback, Northmont must replace two-year starter Clay Belton who is now at Miami. Senior John Nussman (5-11, 160) steps into the spot, but expect Belton’s younger brother Chase, a junior, to push for playing time.
Defensively, free safety Daren Youngberg is the anchor. Youngberg (6-0, 185) is a Division I college prospect and headlines a secondary that should be the unit’s strength. In addition to Youngberg, junior C.J. Barnett (6-1, 180) and sophomores Xavior Johnson (5-10, 195) and Quinton Cooper (5-8, 150) will lay plenty of wood.
Senior defensive tackles Aaron Lowe (6-1, 290) and Daniel Harper (6-2, 250) and senior linebacker Kevin Moore (6-1, 210) solidify the front seven.
Said Schneider: “With a talented, strong offensive line and an athletic, fast defense we will be in the running for our sixth consecutive GWOC North Division title.”
The T-Bolts are also looking for their sixth playoff appearance in seven years.
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