Injuries have been a concern for the Northridge High School football team this season, but never more than on Oct. 22 at Loudonville.

Injuries have been a concern for the Northridge High School football team this season, but never more than on Oct. 22 at Loudonville.

Sophomore quarterback Storm Strout was transported to Akron Children's Hospital after being sandwiched by Loudonville

defenders and knocked out.

"When Storm came to, he had trouble feeling anything from his neck down and it was like that until mid-morning (Oct. 23)," said coach Tim Priest, whose team was 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the MBC after losing to Loudonville 70-0. "From what I understand he had a fracture in his T6 vertebrae, but he has been improving pretty well and was released from the hospital (last Monday)."

Strout had just returned from sitting out two games with a back injury. He was replaced by sophomore Gavin Kyle.

"It was really a scare to the whole community," Priest said. "I can't tell you how many people called up from various schools with deep concern, wondering how Storm was doing. It definitely is a different kind of adversity when a player or teammate leaves a game like that."

The Vikings have been decimated by injuries, including a finger injury that has sidelined senior 300-pound two-way lineman Jake Harger for much of the season.

"We had 22 in practice (last Monday), but we may (have had) as many as 25 from a 41-player roster (against Johnstown-Monroe last Friday)," Priest said. "Injuries are one thing you can never afford with a small roster."

•The cross country teams completed their season Oct. 23 in the Division III district 2 meet at Watkins Memorial.

The Vikings finished eighth (211) of 21 teams in the boys race as Liberty Union (67), Fredericktown (100), Galion Northmor (114) and Newark Catholic (163) were the regional qualifiers.

Junior Michael Derringer was 26th in 17 minutes, 51.82 seconds to lead the Vikings, but did not advance as the top 16 qualified for regional, which was last Saturday at Pickerington North.

Sophomore Nathan Wigal (28th, 17:54.1) was next for Northridge followed by sophomore Tyler Estep (31st, 17:58.45), senior Will Bogantz (35th, 18:08.03), junior Joe Pileski (92nd, 19:56.26), senior Nick Klawitter (101st, 20:13.94) and junior Joe Larson (117th, 21:02.16).

The Northridge girls also competed in the district 2 race, but did not have enough runners for a team score.

Senior Emily VanNess (39th, 23:45.01) led the Vikings and sophomore Tailer Tackett was 51st (24:50.59).

Fredericktown (60) won the nine-team event as Grandview (62), Mount Gilead (75) and Fisher Catholic (89) also advanced.

On Oct. 16 at the Hartford Fairgrounds, the Northridge boys finished third (69) in the seven-team MBC meet behind Fredericktown (44) and Centerburg (65) and ahead of East Knox (98), Loudonville (119), Johnstown (142) and Utica (192).

Derringer (sixth, 17:28) led the Vikings followed by Estep (eighth, 17:41), Wigal (12th, 17:54), Bogantz (15th, 18:04), Klawitter (28th, 19:37), Pileski (34th, 20:43) and Larson (36th, 21:04).

Coach Mike Dudgeon said the Vikings have a lot of potential returning on the boys team.

"We'll have our top three runners back and five of our top seven," said Dudgeon, who completed his 32nd year with the program. "We'll have our (program) record-holder back (Derringer with 17:22.84) and should have a decent amount of kids back."

Josh Brand, Jeff Kingery and Ben Wager are also seniors for the Vikings.

Sophomore Kirk Almen-dinger and freshman Ian Ware are eligible to return.

The Vikings competed in the four-team MBC girls meet, but did not have enough runners for a team score. Fredericktown (37) won followed by Johnstown (43), Centerburg (45) and Loudonville (103). VanNess (26th, 24:14) led Northridge followed by Tackett (27th, 24:35) and senior Kelsey Garrabrant (32nd, 26:27).

•The boys soccer team finished 9-7-1 after falling to sixth-seeded Horizon Science 3-1 on Oct. 23 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.

Junior Shad Green had the lone goal for the Vikings, and sophomore Alex Shedloski had 10 saves.

•The girls volleyball team finished 9-12 overall after losing to third-seeded Elgin 25-5, 25-8, 25-19 in a second-round district tournament match Oct. 23 at Olentangy Liberty.