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Three to be inducted into the Northmont Football Hall of Fame on Friday

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On Friday, September 1st, the Northmont Football Hall of Fame will be inducting three new members into their family.  The 2017 class includes Branden Armstrong, Quintin Cooper and Ro Grigsby.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Fairfield verse Northmont game at 7:00 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 three 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 & Mrs. John Kettler.


Branden Armstrong


Branden Armstrong is a 2004 graduate of Northmont.  Branden was a force at left tackle for the Thunderbolts both his junior and senior years.  During Branden’s career, the Thunderbolts compiled a 25-9 record, won two league championships and made the playoffs both his junior and senior year.

His junior year Armstrong was selected 2nd Team All-GWOC (Greater Western Ohio Conference) as an offensive lineman.  Branden’s senior year he was selected as a 1st Team All-GWOC offensive lineman as well as 1st Team All-Southwest District offensive lineman.  Branden also played in the 2004 North vs South All-Star Game.  During his career Branden was selected as the offensive lineman of the week by his coaches numerous times.

Armstrong continued his football career at Miami University.   Branden and his wife, Careen, currently reside in Gahanna, Ohio with their daughter.  He currently is employed by Red Bull as a sales manager.


Quintin Cooper


Quintin Cooper is a 2009 graduate that played defensive back and slot receiver for the Thunderbolts.  Quintin was part of a senior class that put together a 23-12 record in three years which included two league championships and two state playoff appearances.

Cooper had 9 interceptions during his career at Northmont which included an 81-yard interception return against Westerville South in 2008 (ranked 7th longest interception return in school history).  Quintin currently ranks 7th in career interceptions at Northmont.

In 2007, as a sophomore, Quintin was selected as Honorable Mention All-GWOC defensive back.  Then in 2008 and 2009 Cooper was selected 1st Team All-GWOC as a defensive back.  Quintin was voted by his teammates and coaches as the teams Most Outstanding Defensive Back in 2009.  Quintin played in the 2010 BIG 33 All-Star Game.

In addition to his success on the field, Quintin earned the acknowledgement of being placed on the All-Conference Academic Team his sophomore, junior and senior year because of his excellent academics in the classroom.

Quintin continued his football career at Ball State University.  Today Quintin Cooper resides in Muncie, Indiana and is a police officer for the City of Muncie.




Ro Grigsby is also a 2004 graduate like fellow inductee Branden Armstrong.  Ro had a very successful career at Northmont and holds many of the Thunderbolts receiving records.

Grigsby ranks 1st at Northmont in career touchdown receptions with 21.  In 2002 Ro had 10 receiving touchdowns and in 2003 he had 11.  Ro ranks 2nd in school history with 67 receptions in one season and ranks 3rd in career receptions with 115 from 2001-2003.

In 2002 Ro had 804 receiving yards (4th in school history) and in 2003 Ro had 1244 receiving yards which is the most by any Northmont player.  This included 159 yards in one game against Cincinnati Elder High School in 2003.

Grigsby is ranked 1st with 2048 career reception yards which he compiled from 2001-2003.  Ro ranks 4th in career all-purpose yards with 2,995 yards.

In 2002 Grigsby was selected 1st Team All-GWOC, 1st Team All-Area, 2nd Team All-Southwest Ohio and Honorable Mention All-Ohio.

In 2003, Ro was again selected 1st Team All-GWOC and 1st Team All-Area.  He was named 1st Team All-Southwest Ohio as well as All-Ohio 1st team.  Ro was voted the teams Most Valuable Player by his coaches and teammates in 2003.  The Dayton Daily News named Ro Grigsby as the Offensive MVP for the Greater Dayton Area.

Ro was selected to play in the 2004 Greater Dayton North-South All-Star game and he was named the Most Valuable Player of that game.  Ro also played in the 2004 All-Ohio All-Star game where again he was named the Most Valuable Player.  Grigsby also was selected to play in the BIG 33 All-Star Game and was nominated to play in the Army All-American Game.

In 2004 Ro Grigsby was selected as the National Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year.

Grigsby continued his football career at Kansas State University and finished at Ohio Northern University.

Ro currently resides in Dallas, Texas where he is an agent with State Farm Insurance.

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