GALION — The Northmor Golden Knights will be facing off against the Hillsdale Falcons in the opening round of the Division VI, Region 22 playoffs. The game will be played at Northmor High School and starts at 7 p.m.
The Golden Knights will be facing a Hillsdale team with a solid defense that has kept their opponents to scoring just 14.5 points per game this year.
Head Coach Scott Armrose of the Golden Knights spoke about how it feels as a coach to see his team make it to the playoffs.
“The Saturday morning of week 11 is like Christmas to a high school football coach,” said Coach Armrose. “It’s exciting to get up and go to work. Those three films you get from the opposing team are like the best gifts that you have ever received. It’s always exciting to be a playoff team and is something as a staff that we can’t take for granted. There is no guarantee that we will be in this situation again.”
The Knights faced some adversity this year, but were able to refocus and make it back to the state playoffs for the third year in a row. Last fall the Knights beat Southeastern before falling to Fort Frye in the regional semifinals.
“After our loss to East Knox during Week 6, we had to regroup and focus,” Armrose said. “We knew that our chances of making the playoffs were still really good, but at the same time we understood that to be able to compete in our region we were not where we needed to be. If we were going to compete late in the season we were going to have to get better every week.”
The Knights will be facing a Hillsdale team that has speed on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
“Hillsdale has tremendous team speed on both sides of the ball,” Armrose said. “We need to contain that speed offensively, with many guys getting involved in the running game. Defensively, they fill the field with athletes. The defensive line is small but quick off of the ball. We will need to be able to use our size and strength as an advantage, controlling the line of scrimmage. When you go up against someone faster than you on the “O” and “D” lines, you need to be fundamental and do things right.”