Football Hall of Fame ceremony set for Friday

Scott Klawonn

Scott Klawonn

Jason Taylor

Matt Prichard

Reuben Victoria

Dr. Michael Barrow, MD

CLAYTON — On Friday, September 9 the Northmont football family will be inducting five new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame. The 2016 class includes Scott Klawonn, Jason Taylor, Rueben Victoria, Matt Prichard and Dr. Michael Barrow, MD.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. prior to the Lakota East versus Northmont game at 7 p.m. The ceremony will take place midfield in front of the home bleachers.

The inductees will have their names added to the Northmont Football Hall of Fame display case located on the Dedication Wall inside the main entrance of Good Samaritan Stadium. As well as, the Hall of Fame plaque, which is located inside the Lightning Lounge at the South end of the stadium.

The Northmont football family and the Hall of Fame committee would like to congratulate these five men on this tremendous honor. In addition, they would also like to thank the Northmont Thunderback Club and a very special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. John Kettler.

Scott Klawonn LB (1974)

Scott Klawonn had a very successful career at Northmont, especially his senior season when the Thunderbolts finished 7-3. Scott was voted the Most Valuable Linebacker on the team. Klawonn earned 1st Team All-League SWBL (South Western Buckeye League), Dayton Daily News 1st Team All-Area, and the Journal Herald 1st Team All-Area. During Scott’s career the Thunderbolts compiled a 23-6-1 record and won two league championships.

Scott discussed his most memorable moment as a Thunderbolt.

“When we played Brookville and Mike Nixon and I wore out their power running back nearly every time he got the ball,” Klawonn said. “We rotated between hitting him high and low whenever he tried to pick up any ground gain. We usually stopped him with little to no gain. A fun game.”

Klawonn also described what it meant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“I’m on a cloud when I really start thinking about it and did the research on the site. I feel enormously honored to be among the people that are already there. I played in the seventies, which was one of, if not the best, decades for producing Northmont football warriors. I’m an emotional guy and it really touches my heart to be inducted into the Northmont Football Hall of Fame.”

Klawonn continued his football career at the University of Dayton. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 39 years and they have three adult children Kristopher, Kristin and Ty. They also are blessed with 10 grandchildren. Klawonn is a Utilities Technician for MillerCoors Brewery in Trenton, Ohio.

Jason Taylor OT/DT (1993)

Jason Taylor played both offensive and defensive tackle for the Thunderbolts from 1990-1992. Taylor was a member of the 1992 team which was the first team in Northmont football history to make the Division 1 playoffs. That team compiled a 9-2 record and won the GMVC (Greater Miami Valley Conference) Championship. Taylor was instrumental in the success of the 1992 team.

Taylor shared his greatest memory playing for Northmont.

“When we beat Piqua the last game of the season, which was not only for the league championship, but it was for a spot in the playoffs,” Taylor stated. “All of the fans and my teammates celebrating on the field after is something I’ll never forget.”

Taylor went on to play football at the University of Dayton. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management from Wright State University and was an assistant freshman football coach for Northmont in the mid-90s. Taylor was also a member of the Army National Guard and was deployed shortly after 9/11.

He is married to his wife Mary, and they have five children: Kiley, Willow Hennessee, Trey, Morgan and MaKenna. Taylor is employed at Honeywell as a Plant Manager. Taylor and his family currently reside in Olathe, Kansas.

Matt Prichard G/DT (2008)

Matt Prichard had a very successful career at Northmont. His senior class compiled a 23-10 record. They won three straight league championships and made three Division 1 playoff appearances. Prichard played both left guard and defensive tackle for the Thunderbolts. As a sophomore, Prichard was named Honorable Mention All-League GWOC (Greater Western Ohio Conference). After the completion of his junior season, Prichard was named 1st team All-League (GWOC). He had a very strong senior season as his team finished 10-2. Prichard was voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player. Prichard was named 1st team All-League (GWOC) and also recognized as an Honorable Mention player on the Southwest District Division 1 Football Team.

Matt stated his best memory at Northmont was when his team voted him the Most Valuable Player in 2007.

“It meant so much to me knowing that my teammates thought that much of me. It was really special,” Prichard stated.

Prichard continued his football career at Ohio University where he also wrestled for the Bobcats. He currently resides in Columbus and is employed as an Account Specialist for Enterprise Commercial Truck.

Reuben Victoria C/DT (2010)

Reuben Victoria played center and defensive line for the Thunderbolts from 2007-2009. Victoria was a serious contributor to the Thunderbolts success, which included his junior year, when the Bolts went 10-2 and won the GWOC Central. That year the Thunderbolts beat Fairmont in the first round of the playoffs 28-27. In 2009, Reuben was named 1st team All-League (GWOC) for his position as a center. During Victoria’s career the Thunderbolts went 23-10, won two league championships and made the state playoffs twice.

“My greatest memory at Northmont was from 2008 when I recovered the fumble in overtime against Centerville which ended the game and we won,” Victoria recalled. “That game was for the league championship. The emotions were unbelievable. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

He went on to play at Baldwin Wallace, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Support Management. Victoria currently resides in Virginia where he is employed as the Assistant Football Equipment Manager at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Michael Barrow, MD

This is Dr. Barrow’s 30th year as a volunteer team physician for the Northmont football team. Dr. Barrow has volunteered countless hours for the Northmont football program and has made many sacrifices to assist the Thunderbolts on Friday nights. The Northmont football program is very fortunate to have someone like Dr. Barrow. He is there every Friday night to assist the players with any medical needs that may arise. Dr. Barrow not only helps the program on Friday nights, but he continues treatment for each player afterwards until they were fully recovered. This type of commitment and dedication is remarkable and not only for our football program, but for our entire community. We are proud to have a person like Dr. Michael Barrow on our team.

“I have always believed that family physicians should invest in and put roots down in their community,” Dr. Barrow said. “Since moving here from Indiana and starting a practice here, this has become my home. My goal in establishing a sports and adolescent medicine practice has been embraced by the community and it has been a privilege to invest in the lives of so many young people.”

Dr. Barrow and his wife Sandy have two daughters, Beth and Cathy. Both are Northmont graduates. Dr. Barrow acknowledges none of this would be possible without the understanding of his wife.

“Her generosity in sharing me has allowed me to invest so much in our football team and the kids,” Dr. Barrow added.

Dr. Michael Barrow is a graduate of Indiana State University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is certified in family practice and sports medicine by the American Board of Family Physicians. He has been with Samaritan North Family Physicians since 1996.

The Northmont football family would like to take this time to thank all five of these men for their dedication and contribution in building the Northmont Football Tradition.

Scott Klawonn Klawonn

Jason Taylor Taylor

Matt Prichard Prichard

Reuben Victoria Victoria

Dr. Michael Barrow, MD Michael Barrow, MD

By John Brands

Contributing Writer