Coach Shawn Hinkle doesn't like hearing excuses from his Northridge High School football players.

Coach Shawn Hinkle doesn't like hearing excuses from his Northridge High School football players.

Although most games are played on Friday nights, Hinkle scoffs at any perceived hardships from playing on Saturdays, especially in the coming week.

The Vikings kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, against Fisher Catholic at Lancaster, and Hinkle believes that playing a day later this week actually is beneficial to his team.

"With Labor Day on Monday taking away one day of preparation, playing on Saturday (this week) keeps you in the same routine," said Hinkle, whose team was 0-2 after losing to Lakewood23-19on Sept. 2. "Everyone who plays on Friday will be on a short week, so I think it actually helps us."

Fisher Catholic was 0-2 after losing to Portsmouth Sciotoville38-0on Sept. 3. The Irish, who have a 22-player roster, lost their opener to Zanesville Rosecrans 40-13 on Aug. 27.

Mike Yonnotti is in his second season as coach. The Irish finished 6-4 last season.

"I have known coach Yonnotti for about 15 years and I know how he coaches," said Hinkle, whose program has never played Fisher Catholic. "He might not have great numbers this season, but they will be solid with fundamentals and be ready to play."

Running back Allen McCall rushed for 99 yards on 23 carries against Rosecrans.

Northridge lost its opener Aug. 26 because of poor play on special teams. The Vikings surrendered kickoff returns of 71 and 59 yards for touchdowns and fumbled a kickoff, giving Washington Court House a short field in a 42-26 loss.

"We need to work on special teams," Hinkle said. "We're a better ballclub than we were at this time last season and we're a little more physical. The offense and defense were OK, but we just handed away the game on special teams."

Daniel Hatfield was 10-for-13 passing for 114 yards with one touchdown and rushed for 46 yards and one score on 15 carries. Logan Garee rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 41 yards, as the Vikings totaled 367 yards.

Garee also had eight tackles at linebacker.

"Our running game did really well and the whole offense did a great job," Hatfield said. "Our receivers were making key blocks to help us get big gains. We're working on our passing game more and maybe we'll be airing it out more this year."

Gage Linkous had 47 yards rushing on three carries and had six tackles at linebacker. Hatfield, Alex Chalfant (8 tackles) and Will Cox all had an interception.