NKC football starts season in right direction


We got spirit, yes we do, we got spirit, how about you? Injured Northtown players and senior manager, Taylor Thompson cheer for their teammates during their game against Kearney. Even though they lost their first game, they are on a four game winning streak, and their next opponent is Platte County has their home coming game.

Ryan Welliver, Sports Editor

 The 2012-2013 football season is off, and Northtown is kicking it into high gear by  changing their image and reputation. Even though they lost their first game, 43-21 against Kearney, they showed improvement from last year. They scored three touchdowns in one half, all by the same player, senior Marcus Jones, who was substituting for the injured quarterback, senior Patrick Hoard.
  “I felt really nervous at first, but while the game went on, I started feeling better because I had the fans supporting me,” Jones said, “I feel like I secured my job as starting quarterback.”
    The team was learning from the first game going into the second,
   “We need to finish drives and not go three and out, on drives,” Jones said.
   Their second outcome was better than the first against our arch rival, Oak Park, crushing them, 52-10, for the Hornet’s extraordinary first win.  At the fourth quarter, we were so far ahead that our sophomore quarterback, Zachary Cousins was getting playing time.
    “It was very scary because everybody was watching me. It was also really fun throwing the ball to the receivers,” Cousins said. “It was good showing the coaches that they can have confidence in me on a Friday night game. I feel like I’m ready to start on varsity next year.”
    Northtown also got their regular quarterback back on the field after serving a one game suspension.
   “It was cool and a humble experience, I’m not the same person that I was before I was  suspended,” Hoard saisd.
  Northtown followed up their first win with a nail bitter second win in a row against Raytown 21-19, on their senior night, bringing the hornet’s record to 2 and1.
   QB Marcus Jones had three touchdown runs, including one that was 78 yards.  “It’s a team effort,” Jones said, “My job is to run the ball, the offensive line blocks and creates windows for me.”
  Against Belton the Hornets continued their winning streak, shutting out Belton , 27-0. Including a 73 yard touchdown run by Marcus Jones, and a 63 yard pass from Patrick Hoard to Jones.
   “It was a great catch by Marcus, and it felt like something I should be doing,” Hoard said.
      Its not just the offense that’s playing well, the defense has also stepped up this year. They have allowed 29 points in the three games that we have won,  just under 10 points a game, and when our offense is  averaging 34 points in the same three games, something is clicking this year.
 “The defense is doing a good job so far, the only thing that we need to improve on is defending the pass,” senior defensive linebacker Rudy Tyner said, “the Fort Osage game is going to be the hardest, but if our comes out and plays their hardest and if Fort Osage cant score, they cant win.”
    IThe team is now 4-1 and their next game is their home coming game against Platte County. Come on down and support our hornets this Friday night.