Three years ago, Brennan Angus stepped on the field as a freshman for the Northridge High School football team and was awed by his surroundings.
As he prepares for his final home opener Friday, Sept. 5, against Fairfield Christian, the senior defensive end knows he belongs.
He also plans to cherish his final season with the Vikings.
"When I first stepped on that field as a freshman, I couldn't believe it," said Angus, whose team opened Aug. 29 at Arcanum. "Everyone looked huge to me, but it doesn't seem like it was that long ago. People say you should never wish away your high school years because they go so fast, and that's definitely the case."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Angus started at linebacker last season but has moved to end in the team's 4-4 defensive alignment.
"It's going to be a hard one," Angus said of playing his first home game as a senior. "To be a senior, it's the beginning of the end of my high school career. It's crazy to be a senior already. It really came fast. I know the motivation will be as high as it will ever be."
The Vikings finished 2-8 last season after winning their first two games. They defeated Millersport 42-0 in the opener and beat Fairfield Christian 41-20 a week later.
Northridge had four interceptions against the Falcons. Tim Gearry, a 2014 graduate, picked off two, returning one for a 46-yard touchdown. Jacob Burke, a 2014 graduate who is playing at Case Western Reserve, had a 21-yard interception return for a score.
Burke also ran for 105 yards on 19 carries, with touchdowns of 36 and 6 yards. Senior quarterback Bryant Garee was 6-for-11 passing for 72 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Chase Hess, who now is at running back.
"The intensity was really high for that game (with Fairfield Christian)," Angus said. "We went into the game with complete confidence that we could win."
Boys soccer team loses two in a row
The boys soccer team was 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the LCL before playing Granville on Aug. 28.
The Vikings lost to Granville Christian 5-4 on Aug. 22 despite a goal and three assists from Robi Patrick. Tyler Miller had two goals, Jesse Nussbaum scored once and Skyler Pritts had 15 saves.
Noah Anderson and Miller both scored in a 4-2 loss to Delaware Christian on Aug. 26.
"We didn't start the first half with our heads in the game," coach Korie Jesse said. "After we scored our first goal, we started playing better. Unfortunately, we lost focus as a team for a short time span, and Delaware (Christian) took advantage of that.
"We definitely played a stronger second half and prevented them from scoring again. We're working on recognizing when a shot on goal needs to be taken and capitalizing on those moments."
Runners compete at Newark Catholic
The cross country teams competed in the Newark Catholic Invitational on Aug. 23 at Bryn Du Mansion.
The boys team finished 20th (520 points) of 20 teams behind champion Fairfield Christian (70), as Colin Evans led the Vikings by finishing 76th in 20 minutes, 36.6 seconds. Mat Scott (111th, 21:54.3) was next for Northridge, followed by Stephen Padilla (120th, 22:18.7), Roman Kiser (143rd, 23:38.4), Caleb Garee (159th, 27:34.8), R.J. Langley (162nd, 28:06.4) and Zach Smith (163rd, 28:33).
The girls team was 18th (547) of 18 teams behind champion Watterson (64). Gabrielle Evans (132nd, 29:52.8) led the Vikings, followed by Emma Dann (137th, 31:13), Alex Rahde (138th, 31:31.3), Anna Edwards (143rd, 38:50.9) and Amelia Kyle (144th, 39:00.4).
Girls volleyball team drops two in LCL
The girls volleyball team was 1-3 overall and in the LCL before playing Heath on Aug. 28.
Northridge lost to Granville 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 on Aug. 23.
Savannah Legg and Faith Miller both had five kills and Megan Hatfield added four.
Hatfield again had four kills as the Vikings lost to Lakewood 25-4, 25-15, 25-12 on Aug. 26. Jamie Swickard and Miller both had three kills.
Boys golf team falls to Blue Aces
The boys golf team was 3-8 in the LCL before facing Lakewood on Aug. 28.
The Vikings lost to Granville 154-171 in a league match Aug. 26 at Granville Golf Course. Brandon Estep and Matt Simmons each shot 40 to lead Northridge, followed by Steele Strout (44), Chris George (47), Nick McConnell (54) and Joel Hale (57).
An LCL match with Utica on Aug. 21 at Clover Valley was postponed because of bad weather and rescheduled for Sept. 10.