Mohawks and Vikings ready to clash

Michael Hamilton

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The Northwest Mohawks will battle it out against the Symmes Valley Vikings in a Week 10, Southern Ohio Conference (SOC) Division I, matchup. Northwest (6-3, 4-1 SOC) will have home field advantage against Symmes Valley (6-3, 4-1 SOC) as both teams attempt to improve their SOC records to 5-1.

“It’s another conference game, on our home field, on Senior Night, that should be all the motivation our guys should need,” said Northwest Head Coach Brooks Fry.

The Mohawks are riding a two-game winning streak into the matchup. In that two week period, the Mohawks have scored 78 points against their opponents. During Week 8, Northwest beat Notre Dame by eight points, squelching a Titans comeback bid. The following week, the Mohawks visited the Green Bobcats. That game saw the Mohawks score 47 points on the Bobcats, giving them a 47-20 victory over their fellow SOC I opponent.

The Vikings will row into McDermott boasting a five-game winning streak. During that streak, the Vikings have conquered four of their SOC I rivals, Green, Eastern, Notre Dame, and East. Both teams have fallen to the same SOC I foe, the Oak Hill Oaks. The loss to Oak Hill has been the only blemish on the SOC I record for the Vikings and Mohawks.

Northwest lost a thriller at home against the Oaks in Week 7. In a truly exciting game, the Oaks came from behind to take the game away from the Mohawks, with a last minute scoring drive.

Since 2006, the Vikings hold the head-to-head record against the Mohawks, 5-2. From 2008-11, Symmes Valley defeated Northwest in their yearly matchups. The two teams did not play each other in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

“Symmes Valley is a real physical team, I’ve known coach (Rusty) Webb for years,” said Fry. “He always has his team ready to play.”

Fry said the Mohawks will have to play a physical, and error free game to come out with the win on Friday night.

“We will have to control the line of scrimmage and just continue to do what we’ve done well this season,” said Fry.

The Vikings fell short in their struggle against the Oaks back in Week 4. Since the disappointing loss to Oak Hill, Symmes Valley hasn’t lost a game.

In 2014 the teams met once again, for the first time in three years. During that matchup, the Mohawks were able to snap their four game losing streak against the Vikings. This week, Northwest will aim to make it two straight years of defeating Symmes Valley.

“It’s too late in the season to change the way you play now,” said Fry. “We know each other, and we’re just going to go, ‘here’s what we do, let’s see if you can stop it.’”

The Mohawks and Vikings will kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday night at Northwest High School.

Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext 1931
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