Before the season began, Northmont High School football coach Lance Schneider said this could be the best offensive unit he’s coached during his 14-year tenure with the T-Bolts.
Through three games, Northmont had failed to back that up.
Friday, the T-Bolts finally flexed.
Hitting the road for a Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game at Fairborn, Northmont (2-2) hit the Skyhawks (1-3) in the mouth 58-16 at Buschemeyer Field. A four-touchdown avalanche over a six-minute span in the second and third quarters delivered the decisive blow.
Northmont, which rolled up 519 yards of offense, had scored 59 points in the first three games.
“The biggest thing for us is that our playmakers haven’t been making plays,” Schneider said. “We’ve also had some critical turnovers. Tonight we just told the kids ‘Hey, relax and play.’”
The T-Bolts catalyst was senior quarterback Cameron Belton. Belton entered the game with 458 yards passing and two touchdowns. Against Fairborn he threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns — in the first half. Belton also ran for a score.
“That’s what we’re expecting from him,” Schneider said. “He made great reads and got the ball to the right players.
Belton spread the wealth.
Dominique Stallings caught six passes for 162 yards and three TDs, while Austin Sanders caught six passes for 88 yards and a TD. Isaiah Williams, who had two interceptions, caught four passes for 99 yards.
“We got stopped a little bit a couple times, but we got better,” Belton said. “We were focusing on trying to get some explosion and trying to change the culture of our offense. I think we really turned it up.”
Northmont’s defense played loud too, forcing five first half turnovers and a second half safety.
“If we want to get where we want to get, our guys have to perform,” Schneider said.
Friday they did.
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