CLAYTON — After a dismal defensive effort in week one against Thurgood Marshall, the Northmont football team's defense turned in a stellar performance Friday to help lead the Thunderbolts to a 24-14 win over Westerville South.
Northmont limited the Wildcats to 212 total yards including 127 rushing yards after allowing Thurgood Marshall to gain 393 yards on the ground last week.
“Tonight the defense played exceptional. We are better built to play against a team like this. Our staff did a great job preparing the kids and the kids did what they were supposed to do,” said Northmont coach Lance Schneider.
Quarterback Graham Oberer had a big night completing 14 of 19 pass attempts for 224 yards and three touchdowns. The first touchdown of the night came on a 25-yard completion to Ryan Smith with 7:02 remaining in the first quarter Chris Okos tacked on the point after to put the Bolts up, 7-0.
Less than five minutes later Oberer connected with Cameron Taylor for a 76-yard touchdown. Okos added the extra-point to put Northmont up 14-0 with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter. Ryan Smith caught his second touchdown pass of the night on a 29-yard completion from Oberer with four seconds left in the opening quarter. Okos tacked on the point after as Northmont had the Wildcats reeling to the tune of a 21-0 deficit.
“I'm proud of how the kids played tonight,” Schneider commented. “We got out of the gates fast and handled Westerville from there. When you are up 21-0 early against a team that traveled an hour and half to get here, that can be detrimental.”