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North Adams football drops opener

North Adams played their first varsity football game in 36 years this past week, opening up their season against Middletown Christian, who topped the Devils 49-0.

Middletown Christian scored early and often against North Adams, taking a large lead into the half, but a stronger defensive performance by the Devils in the second half saw glimpses of what can be built upon for the next game.

“They jumped on us right out of the gate and stayed on us,” North Adams head coach Justin Schmitz said. “They scored on just about every possession they had the football. We went into halftime with a score of 35-0. It’s never easy when you’re looking at a lop-sided scoreboard coming out of the locker room after halftime.”

But despite the loss, Schmitz said there was plenty to positive about the new varsity program.

“We came out after halftime and held Middletown to just 14 points,” Schmitz said. “I was proud of the way our team came together to battle through adversity. It says a lot about the kind of young men our football program is building.”

Schmitz also said he had a lot of pride for his community which he says is special to how a football team represents their area and school.

“My heart was very full Saturday,” Schmitz said. “I’m blessed and thankful to say that I got to stand with those young men and coach that first game since 1979. Representing our community is something our boys don’t take lightly. I saw glimpses of that sense of pride that only football can bring out in a community on Saturday, under the lights.”

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

A North Adams varsity football squad took the field for the first time in 36 years against Middletown Christian.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_NAHSfootball.jpgA North Adams varsity football squad took the field for the first time in 36 years against Middletown Christian. Courtesty photo

By Charles Grove

cgrove@civitasmedia.com

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