During the preseason, Worthington Christian football coach Jeff Hartings said he expected his team to "compete against anybody" on its schedule this fall.

That included the first matchup the Warriors will have against Glouster Trimble, last year's Division VII state runner-up, on Sept. 27.

Next up, however, is Galion Northmor, which Worthington Christian will face in its home opener Friday, Sept. 6.

The Warriors, who opened Aug. 30 with a 27-14 win over Springfield Northeastern, have played the Golden Knights each of the past five seasons, with Northmor winning four of the matchups, including last season when it built a 35-point halftime lead and went on to win 48-26.

As was the case last season when it averaged 36.5 points while going 5-1 over its final six games, Worthington Christian believes it has options offensively that it will try to utilize against a Northmor team that went 10-2 last season.

The Golden Knights beat Marion Elgin 43-0 in their opener Aug. 30.

"We have a lot of depth in all of our skill positions," Warriors senior Jake Thompson said. "We have about six to seven receivers that can all play and three running backs that can filter in and out."

Thompson was among the Warriors' standouts in their opener as he had four catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions while playing in the secondary.

Sophomore D.J. Moore had four catches for 33 yards and two touchdowns and junior Jaiden Reynolds added four receptions for 28 yards.

Senior quarterback Lucas Hartings completed 13 of 24 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns and added 48 yards on nine carries, and senior running back Landon West had 15 carries for 62 yards.

The Warriors will face a Northmor defense that held Elgin to 229 total yards, including just 31 passing.

Golden Knights' quarterback Hunter Mariotti completed six of 10 passes for 155 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, with Gavin Ramos making four catches for 55 yards and one score.

Worthington Christian gave up 322 total yards to Northeastern but held the Jets to 117 yards rushing on 37 carries (3.2 average) as linebacker Daelon Johnston and lineman Caleb Harper both had 7.5 tackles.

"We're going to try to get better, better and better," coach Hartings said. "We're still working on the system. Every year you get different players and coaches change, and with me being in my third year, offensively we're kind of refining it."

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