Northmont entered this season with a quarterback not named Belton for the first time in eight years, and all three of those brothers – Clay, Chase and Cameron – went on to play college football. Their successor may, too.
Senior Graham Oberer (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) was a relative unknown heading into the season and a player head coach Lance Schneider said wasn’t sure could even play at Northmont earlier in his career. Now Oberer is showing he may have a career after high school.
In a Week 1 loss to Thurgood Marshall, Oberer completed 15 of 30 passes for one touchdown and three interceptions. Not impressive. Since then he has been.
In directing the T-Bolts to victories over Westerville South, Lakota East and Fairborn, Oberer has thrown for 662 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He’s completed 49 of 76 passes during the run (64 percent).
Oberer camped at Cincinnati, Toledo and Ohio State last summer. His stock is one to watch.
Golden Flash: Trotwood-Madison senior defensive lineman Ryan Reese (6-1, 310) committed to Kent State last week. Reese also had an offer from Illinois.
Reese has been outstanding this fall. Defensive linemen don’t register huge tackle numbers, but Reese has, with 24 stops and a sack in three games.
Reese was a big reason the Rams held Fairmont to 34 yards rushing (on 37 attempts) in Friday’s 22-6 win.
Double time: The Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division already has one Division I offensive line commit in Milton-Union senior Wesley Martin (6-3, 296), who is headed to Indiana. Monroe’s Matt McKinney hopes to become the second.
A senior, McKinney (6-4, 285) is a three-year starter who camped at Cincinnati and Bowling Green during the summer. McKinney has no offers to date but has received interest from UC, BGSU, Ashland, Urbana and Morehead State.
McKinney wrestled for the first time last winter and finished third in the SWBL (at heavyweight). He was a district qualifier.
Hoop dreams: Brookville junior Derek Day (5-10, 160) has aspirations to play college basketball, but his future might be on the football field. Day, the starting point guard on the basketball team since his freshman season, is also a three-year starter in football. He excels at kicking.
Day is 20 of 20 on extra points this fall and hit a 34-yard field goal. His farthest field goal in practice is 53 yards.
Day trains with former Waynesville High and Ohio State kicker Tim Williams.
Another offer: Alter junior defensive lineman Kraig Howe added an offer from Pittsburgh last week. Howe already has an offer from Illinois.