When Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White scouts Lancaster on film, he feels like he is watching his team.

When Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White scouts Lancaster on film, he feels like he is watching his team.

The Wildcats will battle Lancaster in a non-league game Friday at Davidson as part of homecoming weekend. The Golden Gales replaced league-foe Central Crossing on the schedule after the South-Western City Schools failed levy. Davidson replaces Grove City on Lancaster's schedule.

"(Coach Brian White) told us that Lancaster is a lot like us," Davidson senior quarterback Jake Trubiano said. "They're a real hard-nosed football team. They like to run the ball a lot, so it's going to be a battle."

Like Davidson, Lancaster attempts to control the ball via its ground attack, and White expects a quickly played contest.

"We're a little bit familiar with their program and the success that it has had," White said. "They have produced some great players. They're known very much for being a very physical team, so that's what we're anticipating this week. We're expecting a very physical matchup that will probably be a pretty fast game because they run the ball a lot like we do, so the clock will probably keep moving. We anticipate it being as difficult a matchup for us as Westerville South or Brookhaven was."

Davidson, which roughed up Thomas Worthington 62-0 last Friday, will enter with a 4-0 record. Lancaster has bounced back after losing its first two games, as it enters at 3-2.

The Gales are coming off a 42-31 win over Gahanna, a game in which senior wingback Nathan Carpenter rushed for 323 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries, kicked six extra points, intercepted a pass and recovered an onside kick.

Lancaster, which plays in the OCC-Ohio Division, opened league play Sept. 18 by beating Pickerington Central 17-14.

"Lancaster beat Pickerington Central and it sounds like they have a good team," Trubiano said. "It's going to be a good game."

Although Carpenter is a big threat, White noted that Lancaster's wing-T offense features several threats. Other weapons include quarterback Nolan Flowers, running back Connor Smith and fullback Matt Shinn.

Linebackers Kenny Klatt, Justin Schick and Sky Strahler will spearhead Davidson's 50-shade defense that will look to contain Carpenter and company.

Davidson's ground attack features Trubiano and tailback Spencer Delande. The offense received a boost last week with the return of fullback Andy Conkle, who missed the first three games with a shoulder injury.

The Golden Gales also utilize a five-man front on defense. Linebacker Nick Williams and linemen Nathan Cheek, Austin Kearns and Kyle Miller are the key players.

"Lancaster looks really good on film," White said. "Their defense and our defense are very similar to each other not only in the scheme that they run, but also the personnel, the aggressiveness, the pursuit and the speed in which they play. I heard someone say on the radio the other night that they're a hot team right now."

At a glance

DAVIDSON vs. LANCASTER

•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

•Last meeting: 2004, Davidson 28-25

•Lancaster (3-2) to date: Lost to Logan 33-14; lost to Lakota West 24-12; defeated Independence 48-35; def. Pickerington Central 17-14; def. Gahanna 42-31

•Davidson (4-0) to date: Def. Westerville South 21-20; def. Brookhaven 22-13; def. Delaware 38-7; def. Thomas Worthington 62-0

•Top Gales: Nathan Carpenter (WB), Nathan Cheek (OL/DL), Nolan Flowers (QB), Connor Smith (RB), Nick Williams (LB),

•Top Wildcats: Spencer Delande (RB), Kenny Klatt (LB), Justin Schick (LB), Sky Strahler (LB), Jake Trubiano (QB)