The Grove City Christian High School football team improved to 2-0 last Saturday witha 39-12 victory over Marion Catholic.

It is the Eagles' first 2-0 start in their brief three-year history.

"The same group of kids are starting to mature," Grove City Christian coach Clyde Lucas said. "Numbers are up, that helps. We get a couple of move-ins, and the kids are becoming more mature. The juniors and seniors are finally putting it together."

The game began Friday night, but was postponed because of stormswith two minutes remaining in the first quarter and the Eagles leading 13-0.

When play resumed Saturday, Grove City Christian continued to add to its lead, led by junior running back Jesse Barnes, who rushed for 123 yards on 15 carries.

Junior quarterback Chris Bowman connected with twin brother Brice Bowman for a 7-yard touchdown to open the scoring Friday, and Connor Lucas added an 8-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 13-0.

Marion Catholic (0-2) pulled to within 13-6 on Saturday when quarterback Marco Comianos scored from a yard away.

Lucas grabbed a 12-yard touchdown pass from Chris Bowman to push the lead back to 19-6, but Marion Catholic again answered as Adam Rhodes pulled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Comianos with 1:54 remaining in the half to pull their team within 19-12 at the half.

Grove City Christian dominated the second half, scoring 20 unanswered points.

Junior fullback Zach Snider (1 yard) and Zach Vance (2) scored on two short touchdown runs and Brice Bowman added a 35-yard interception return to help the Eagles pull away.

Snider rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries and added two sacks at middle linebacker.

J.T. Thomas had two interceptions for 104 yards and has three interceptions on the season. Chris Bowman added two interceptions for 97 yards.

Grove City Christian rushed for 237 yards on 48 carries.

Marion Catholic struggled on the ground, rushing for (minus)-18 yards on 17 carries. Comianos passed for 237 yards.

The teams combined for nearly 300 yards in penalties.

"The game took forever," Lucas said. "It was just sloppy. Everybody was tired, the officials were tired and the kids were tired.

"It was an ugly win, but we'll take that. There have been a lot of penalties. We've had over 100 yards in penalties both weeks. We have to get rid of those."

Grove City Christian will return to action Friday when it visits Waterford.