After a busy second week of the regular season, the Northridge High School football team will play host to Lakewood on Friday.

After a busy second week of the regular season, the Northridge High School football team will play host to Lakewood on Friday.

Northridge, which had its game against visiting Hamilton Township last Friday suspended and eventually postponed a day because of bad weather, beat Lakewood 28-7 a year ago.

Coach Tim Priest said he didn't know much about Lakewood, but the same might be said for Lancers third-year coach Scott Elwer about his team's running game.

Senior running back Cody Menter broke a leg during the second quarter of an 18-7 loss to Zanesville West Muskingum on Aug. 22 and is out for the season. The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Menter still led his team in rushing with 51 yards in six carries after running for more than 500 yards last season despite missing the first five games with a thumb injury.

"We were supposed to have someone go see one of their scrimmages and that didn't happen so we sent someone to see them (last Friday)," Priest said. "I know their coach ran the spread in his first two years, but he has a power football background and I suspect he'll be going back to those roots."

Expected to replace Menter in the backfield of the wing-T attack are senior Eric Carr and juniors Joe Bowman and Zyon Mirise. In the opener, Mirise ran for 42 yards on 17 carries and scored Lakewood's only touchdown on a 3-yard run.

Opening holes for the backfield will be senior returnees Brad Arnett at center and Kyle Weekly at guard and junior Jacob Gray at guard. Gray and Weekly are former running backs.

Menter was also a pivotal player on defense from his linebacker spot. Junior Cory Hosom is also an impact linebacker in the 4-3 defensive alignment.

"Since we didn't get a chance to see them, I don't know much, but I can bet they aren't going to be as experienced as Coshocton," Priest said. "They had 22 seniors and I doubt if we will run into a team as experienced as they were all season long. That was a real eye-opener for the kids."

The Lancers finished 7-4 in 2001 to reach the playoffs for the only time. Lakewood has gone 8-53 since that season, with its best record being 2-8 in 2002, 2005 and 2007.

LAST FRIDAY -- Lightning postponed the game last Friday just before the start of the third quarter with Northridge trailing Hamilton Township 7-0. The game was to be resumed at 6 p.m. Saturday, after our press time.

"The officiating crew saw some lightning to the south of the field and decided to delay the game 30 minutes from when there was no more lightning," Northridge athletics director Jim Hall said. "After a while, it looked like the game wasn't going to be resumed until after 10 p.m., so we decided to come back (last Saturday)."

The game was moved to the evening because the officiating crew was scheduled to work a junior varsity game at Logan last Saturday morning.

"We tried to find a time when we could accommodate the officials and the evening worked out best," Hall said. "In my four years (as an AD), I've never had to deal with this before.

Hamilton Township took its 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.

In the first half, Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards and Curry was 7-for-11 passing for 121 yards and he was intercepted by Luke Schnars.

Curry had 27 yards rushing on seven carries and Casey Smith had 44 yards on the ground on 12 tries.

Rob Harger led Northridge with 36 yards on five carries and Sean Haines had 19 yards in six carries.

Through two quarters, the Rangers had 200 yards of total offense and Northridge had 67, all coming on rushing attempts. The Vikings threw six incompletions.

Next game

NORTHRIDGE vs. LAKEWOOD

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last meeting: 2007, Northridge 28-7

Lakewood to date: Lost to Zanesville West Muskingum 18-7, Played Canal Winchester last Friday

Top Lancers: Brad Arnett, Jacob Gray, Cory Hosom, Zyon Mirise and Kyle Weekly