For the third time since 1988, the Groveport High School football team finished the season with at least four victories.

A 20-0 win over Gahanna enabled the Cruisers to finish the season on a winning note and perhaps providing some hope on the future.

"Our defense was steady all night," Groveport coach Tim Brown said. "Our defense has been bend not break all year." Both teams finished 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division

"There's been a lot of long years of losing and disappointment," Brown said. "To finish the season strong was important."

Justin Bell turned in a performance that he believes he will remember for a lifetime, rushing for 69 yards and two touchdowns (1 and 40 yards) and returned a punt 71 yards for another score.

"Knowing it was our last game, I just wanted to make sure we won," Bell said.

When asked what the game meant to him Bell responded back with one enthusiastic word: "Memories."

Bell's punt return was made possible by a key block from Siante Lockridge.

Gahanna proved to be its own worst enemy in finishing the season with three consecutive losses.

The Lions were penalized 12 times for 206 yards and they also had five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble).
amassed a total of 206 yards on 12 penalties.

Gahanna threatened to get into the end-zone early in the second half when Earl Cunningham ran for 40 yards to the Cruisers' 3-yard line. However, Cunningham, who finished with 99 yards on 19 carries, fumbled on the next play with the Cruisers recovering.

GAHANNA 0 0 0 0 - 0
GROVEPORT 0 14 0 6 - 20
GRJ. Bell 1 run (Miller kick)
GRJ. Bell 71 punt return (Miller kick)
GRJ. Bell 40 run (kick failed)