Speed and mistakes were too much for the Northridge High School football team to overcome last Saturday as the host Vikings lost 24-8 to Hamilton Township.
In a game postponed from last Friday because of lengthy lightning delays, Northridge trailed 24-0 in the closing minutes before Chase Cockrell returned a fumble 16 yards for his team's lone touchdown. Sean Haines then connected with Daniel Chapman with a conversion pass.
"They had a couple of athletes who made some really nice plays," said coach Tim Priest, whose team fell to 0-2 and will play host Friday to Lakewood. The Lancers lost 31-28 to Canal Winchester and are also 0-2. "Their defense was really aggressive and we had trouble moving against them."
Hamilton Township grabbed a 7-0 lead with 2 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter when wide receiver Jarret Hopkins caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dorian Curry.
David Crumley kicked a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter and Curry added a 1-yard run in the fourth period as part of his 200 yards of offense. The senior was had 147 yards passing.
An 82-yard touchdown run by Josh Frakes was the final score for the Rangers, who moved to 2-0. The sophomore running back had nine carries for 154 yards.
Hamilton Township had 407 total yards, and the Vikings had 179.
"We have a young offensive line, and we had trouble moving the ball at times," Priest said. "But when you are young, sometimes you take baby steps and that's what we've been doing so far.
Luke Schnars had an interception for Northridge.