Worthington Christian High School football coach Brian Stier knows his team's toughness could be challenged when it faces Galion Northmor on Friday, Sept. 4, in its home opener.

Worthington Christian High School football coach Brian Stier knows his team's toughness could be challenged when it faces Galion Northmor on Friday, Sept. 4, in its home opener.

The Warriors lost to the Golden Knights 55-0 last season en route to a 1-9 record. Northmor finished 6-4.

"That was a tough game against Northmor (last year) because it was a very physical game," Stier said. "We got behind early and turned the ball over quite a few times in that game. Hopefully, we'll be more ready than last year."

The Warriors provided evidence that they've improved from a year ago with a 41-0 win over Cincinnati Landmark Christian in their opener Aug. 28. In its inaugural game last season, Worthington Christian lost 45-17 to the Eagles.

Stier continues to figure out the best ways to use players such as Emerson Patrick and Alex Tucker.

Last season, Tucker started at quarterback and Patrick played mostly running back. In the win over Landmark Christian, Patrick lined up behind center and rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Tucker rushed six times for 48 yards and two scores at running back.

Junior Mark Shoemaker and sophomore Braedon Mullins are others who are in the mix in the backfield.

"I think we've started finalizing things, especially offensively, and I think we're clicking a little bit," Stier said. "We're a little better in terms of cohesion."

Northmor opened Aug. 28 with a 27-19 loss to Ashland Crestview.

Sophomore Demetrius Johnson, who plays running back and defensive back, returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and also scored on passes of 57 and 6 yards from senior quarterback Jake Farley.