14 starters back a good thing for Northwestern, which finished ’09 strong

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West Salem Northwestern Huskies Football

After posting three straight playoff appearances from 2005 to 2007,
Northwestern fell out of the postseason picture the past two seasons
with marks of 3-7 in 2008 and 5-5 in 2009. However, the Huskies finished
out the 2009 season with a bang, posting consecutive wins over playoff
teams in Jeromesville Hillsdale and Apple Creek Waynedale.


West Salem Northwestern
Division V
Region 17

2009 Record: 5-5

*Players to Watch – K Kurt Schaefer (6-1, 195, Sr.)

* Outlook – 
After posting three straight playoff appearances from 2005 to 2007, Northwestern fell out of the postseason picture the past two seasons with marks of 3-7 in 2008 and 5-5 in 2009. However, the Huskies finished out the 2009 season with a bang, posting consecutive wins over playoff teams in Jeromesville Hillsdale and Apple Creek Waynedale.

“Last year, we were young and small,” head coach Mike Thut said. “We lost to three playoff teams and two teams with losing records. The last two games of the year, we beat two teams who went to the playoffs. We were very inconsistent. We need to protect the football and play good defense to have a successful season.”

This year’s team will bring back lots of experience as seven starters return on each side of the ball. The Huskies will still be undersized though, so they will be looking to excel in other areas in order to match up with opponents.

“Our team is really small but has above average speed,” Thut said. “We may have only one or two starters on offense and defense that weigh over 200 poinds. We need to rely on our technique and playing as a team to overcome some of the bigger teams we will face this year.”

Schaefer, a second team All-Ohio kicker, is a weapon. He made 5-of-7 FGs last year with long of 42. He also connected on 23-of-24 PATs.

* Schedule –
The Huskies will have to navigate a slate of teams with playoff history and high expectations for the upcoming season.

“Our schedule is really tough this year,” Thut said. “We open with Ashland Crestview and follow that with Black River. The third game will be against traditional power Mogadore. We open our league play with Norwayne, who is predicted to do well in the league next year as they return most of their starters. The rest of the league will be very tough.”

8/27     at Ashland Crestview (D-V)
9/3       Sullivan Black River (D-IV)
9/10     Mogadore (D-VI)
9/17     at Creston Norwayne (D-V)
9/24     Doylestown Chippewa (D-IV)
10/1     at Dalton (D-VI)
10/8     Smithville (D-V)
10/15   at Jeromesville Hillsdale (D-V)
10/22   at Apple Creek Waynedale (D-V)
10/29   Rittman (D-VI)

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