The Northland High School football team believes it is back on track after two disappointing results in the non-league portion of its schedule.

The Northland High School football team believes it is back on track after two disappointing results in the non-league portion of its schedule.

After opening with a 38-24 victory over Independence on Aug. 26, the Vikings didn't struggle gaining yardage but didn't get the final result it sought in losses to Whitehall (33-12 on Sept. 2) and Eastmoor Academy (42-14 on Sept. 9).

They followed with back-to-back blowout wins over East (47-0 on Sept. 16) and Centennial (47-7 on Sept. 23) and beat Mifflin 32-17 on Sept. 30 to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the City League-North Division.

Northland plays Friday, Oct. 7, at Whetstone before closing the regular season with three consecutive home games, including Oct. 21 when it plays Hunting Valley University School in its final non-league game of the season.

"We're starting to get healthier," coach Kevin Tooson said. "We're thin to begin with and we lost a few guys in the Whitehall game. There were some guys we didn't have against Eastmoor, so we're getting some guys back on the mend and gaining momentum."

Michael Williams (DB/WR/LS) has stepped up on offense, defense and special teams, according to Tooson.

Tooson also has been impressed with the "electric" athleticism of Albert Adusei (RB/DB/KR), while junior Mike White has solidified the quarterback position and Rico Robinson has been a top wide receiver.

Qwabena Adade has led the offensive line.

Cougars to meet Massillon

The Beechcroft football team could face one of its toughest tasks of the regular season when it meets Massillon Washington for the first time Friday, Oct. 7, on the road in its final non-league game of the season.

The Cougars improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the City-North by beating East 54-0 on Sept. 30.

Massillon, which won 20 mythical state championships from 1935-65 and has made 22 playoff appearances since the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoff era began in 1972, was 4-2 after beating Austintown-Fitch 38-21 on Sept. 30.

"I really don't know much about them other than it's Massillon, they're a pretty good football team and it'll be quite an experience overall," coach Trevor White said. "It's hard to fill that late-season opening where Brookhaven used to be, so you try to find teams from small leagues like Watterson last year or teams that don't have a league like Massillon, and it kind of fell on the right spot."

Massillon was sanctioned by the OHSAA before the season for recruiting violations believed to be surrounding offensive lineman Thayer Munford, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound senior who has 14 scholarship offers.

He recently was ruled eligible to play beginning Oct. 14 when the Tigers play host to Akron Firestone.

Massillon coach Nate Moore led Cincinnati LaSalle to the Division II state title in 2014.

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