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Fischer settles in as Northland's quarterback

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Northland High School football team finally might have answered a question that has been lurking since the beginning of the 2012 season.

Neither junior Glenn Smith III nor classmate Nick Fischer seized the quarterback job full time a year ago, and the Vikings went 5-5.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Smith, who saw most of the snaps Aug. 29 as Northland beat Independence 20-18 in its opener, is one of the team's top athletes.

The belief coach Kevin Tooson had that Smith could become a go-to player at wide receiver, combined with the improved play of the slightly bigger Fischer (5-10, 200) at quarterback, appears to have solidified the situation.

During a 36-30 win over Cincinnati Taft on Sept. 14, Fischer passed for 235 yards, connecting with Smith four times for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

"Nick Fischer's emergence has been a little bit of a surprise," Tooson said. "The last two years there's been a battle for the quarterback position. (Fischer) is very steady, coachable and a leader. He's a strong weight-room kid and he's emerged as a force at quarterback. Glenn is a phenomenal athlete, and there's not too many places he can't play."

The Vikings lost to Brookhaven 29-28 in overtime in their City League-North Division opener Sept. 20 to drop to 2-1 overall.

Northland will try to bounce back when it travels Friday, Sept. 27, to Columbus East.

Also contributing on offense have been senior running back Nateshawn Hardgrove and senior wide receivers Sherman Watson and Jhustus Cornley.

"We really improved on the deep ball and reading our keys," Fischer said. "(Smith is) an all-around player who works hard. We just all try to stick together."

Cougars boys soccer team starts strong

The Beechcroft boys soccer team was 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the City-North before playing Columbus International on Sept. 24.

"We couldn't have asked for a better start," first-year coach Shane Huey said. "We solidified when we got (senior midfielder Bryan Quijada) back after he was in El Salvador at the beginning of the year. ... Bryan is an amazing kid with a 4.3 (GPA). He's already enrolled at Ohio State."

Huey said the Cougars have been led in scoring by Quijada and sophomore forward Bubakarry F. Fadika, while senior midfielder Babacar Ba has been the "catalyst."

Ba moved to central Ohio from Senegal when he was in eighth grade. He is in his fourth season playing for Beechcroft.

"I was looking forward to my senior year," said Ba, who has been all-league each of the past three seasons. "I was ready for this year.

"I wasn't born here, but my family moved here from Senegal. There's a lot more raw (soccer) talent there, but here you get better easier because you learn discipline when you play."

Golf teams prepping for sectional, City

The Northland and Brookhaven boys golf teams will have individuals competing in Division I sectional tournaments Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The City League tournament will be held Oct. 9 at Airport.

Juniors Gary Miller and Bradley Wine and sophomore Jeff Marple of Northland will compete in the sectional at Granville Golf Course, while Brookhaven juniors Brian Brockman and Trivette Knight will play in the sectional at Turnberry.

The top three individuals at each site will advance to the district tournament Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.

Northland is coached by Dean Washington, who also coaches baseball at the school and last coached boys golf for the Vikings in 2009.

"For not having a program, I've got a great group of kids," Washington said. "They're getting better."

Northland was 4-10 in the City before playing Independence and Whetstone on Sept. 24 at Airport.

The Vikings and Bearcats close the regular season with a match Thursday, Sept. 26, at Raymond Memorial that also will include Walnut Ridge and Columbus West.

Also playing for Northland are senior Bradishia Foster and juniors Ben Asebrook, Mark Dandridge and Chris McClintock.

The others on Brookhaven's team are senior Luis Hernandez, juniors Jacob Taylor and Josh Thornton and freshman Kylan Yarbrough.

Brookhaven is 6-8 in the City.

"My guys work hard," third-year coach Joe Krabill said. "We've got three out of the six that never had played before August. They're starting to figure out how to swing. Brian and Trivette played for us last year and are being good leaders."

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LINDEN-McKINLEY at BEECHCROFT

•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

•Last meeting: 2012, Beechcroft 43-6

•Linden (1-3 overall, 0-1 City-North) to date: Defeated Africentric 28-0; lost to Columbus West 33-22; lost to Columbus South 48-6; lost to Centennial 28-18

•Beechcroft (2-2 overall, 1-0 City-North) to date: Def. Dayton Dunbar 14-0; lost to Dublin Jerome 26-14; lost to Walnut Ridge 24-0; def. Whetstone 15-8

•Top Panthers: Nick Battle (RB/LB), Davounte Cox (WR/DB), Marquise Mann (WR/DB), Jeff Schwalbauch (OL/DL), Josh Spelhaug (OL/DL), Hasan Vance (TE/DL) and James Williams (WR/DB)

•Top Cougars: Adonis Davis (RB/LB), Darius Ford (WR/DB), Khalor Franklin (RB/LB), Rayshawn Norah (WR/DB) and Mike Powers (WR/DB)

NORTHLAND at COLUMBUS EAST

•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

•Last meeting: 2012, Northland 20-14

•Northland (2-1 overall, 0-1 City-North) to date: Def. Independence 20-18; def. Cincinnati Taft 36-30; lost to Brookhaven 29-28 (OT)

•East (1-3 overall, 0-1 City-North) to date: Lost to Hamilton Township 48-6; def. Briggs 52-32; lost to Westland 28-12; lost to Mifflin 48-12

•Top Vikings: Jhustus Cornley (WR/DB), Nateshawn Hargrove (RB/LB), Malcolm Marshall (WR/DB), Glenn Smith III (QB/WR) and Abu Turay (RB/DB)

•Top Tigers: Asa Burke (RB/DB), Nick Burke (TE/LB), James Curry (QB), Abul Dialo (RBN/DB) and Zay'on Mock (WR/DB)

WHETSTONE at BROOKHAVEN

•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

•Last meeting: 2012, Brookhaven 40-14

•Whetstone (2-2 overall, 0-1 City-North) to date: Def. Columbus South 42-32; def. Africentric 40-0; lost to Whitehall 32-18; lost to Beechcroft 15-8

•Brookhaven (2-2 overall, 1-0 City-North) to date: Def. Columbus West 49-20; lost to Marion-Franklin 27-2; lost to Central Crossing 10-7; def. Northland 29-28 (OT)

•Top Braves: Justus Barnett (LB), Darius Bester (DB), Ramroth Finnegan (QB), Trent Harper (WR/DB) and Jeremy Polk (OL)

•Top Bearcats: Bruce Foster (QB/LB), Paul Hughes (TE/LB), Davonte Lewis (RB/LB), David Peoples (RB) and Takeyvion Simmons (RB/LB)

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