Belfry Pirate head football coach Phillip Haywood has been known for decades for his ability to prepare his players for the next level.
Perhaps no one does it better than the man who has won more high school football games than any other coach in the Bluegrass State.
Add another name to the list of signees.
Senior linebacker Seth Mounts, signed his letter of intent Thursday in front of family, teammates and friends to further his athletic career at Missouri Western State University.
The school, located in Saint Joseph Mo., lies northwest of Kansas City. The Griffons, as they’re known, play in NCAA Division II in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
The school has been the summer training camp site for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2010. The campus houses a state of the art 120-yard indoor field complete with NFL-regulation grass.
The Griffon Indoor Sports Complex also houses a locker room, classrooms, training facilities, office spaces and the team’s weight room.
Mounts, a four year letterman for Belfry, finished the 2020 season fifth in team tackles despite playing only seven games with 43. The Pirates fell in the state semifinals to eventual champ Ashland Blazer 10-3.
He was also a member of the 2019 state title team that ended the year 11-3 with a win over Bell County 30-20.
“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play at the next level. I’m just ready to get down there and play,” Mounts said.
Mounts is a versatile linebacker, with speed and good awareness. Traits that should bode well for him in the MIAA. The three year starter was not only relegated to the defensive side of the ball, however. He also ran the ball five times for 18 yards and a score in 2020.
“This has been the best four years of my life. I’m really happy I had the chance to play at Belfry, play in a great program and the chance to play in, and win a state championship. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Mounts.
Missouri Western like most schools, were at the mercy of the pandemic, having only played two games on the season. The Griffons lost to 11th ranked (FCS) Central Arkansas 52-10 on October 31 on the road. Their second loss came at the hands of Pittsburgh State 20-7 in the home opener November 7.
It will be a big change from the hills of Eastern Kentucky to the northwest of Missouri. However, Mounts is up for the challenge.
“Their linebacker coach, (Rizz) reached out to me on Twitter, we just started talking overtime and building a relationship. I just feel like it’s the best fit for me.”
Coach Haywood has groomed many of his players for the NCAA. David Jones, now the head coach at Bourbon County had a stellar career at the University of Kentucky, as has former Belfry lineman Austin Dotson, who currently plays on Mark Stoops squad at UK. Dotson will be back for his senior season in Lexington in 2021. Current Louisville Cardinals center Cole Bentley also played for Haywood at Belfry. Like Dotson, Bentley will return for his senior campaign in ‘21.
In Mounts, the Griffons get a hard hitting linebacker who seems to sniff out where the ball is at all times, and will come in ready to work.
“Coming from Belfry, and just the way we play and practice here, they’re going to get a guy that’s day in day out a hard worker and ready to play everyday,” Mounts said.
Mounts is just the latest to carry on the legacy and tradition that is Belfry football. We wish him the best of luck next season and throughout his college career.