Matt Jordan was the last member of the Grove City High School football team to leave the field last Friday. His public awaited. The student section lined the pathway from the exit of the field to the locker room to greet their coach.

Matt Jordan was the last member of the Grove City High School football team to leave the field last Friday. His public awaited. The student section lined the pathway from the exit of the field to the locker room to greet their coach.

"Jordan ... Jordan ... Jordan," they shouted.

Jordan ran through the tunnel and low-fived everyone in his path.

That's what happens when you're a team like Grove City, which won its first home game since Oct. 24, 2008 last Friday and did so in unconventional fashion.

The Dawgs scored four second-half touchdowns to erase a 19-point halftime deficit and defeat previously unbeaten Groveport 40-34. Grove City improved to 2-3 overall while the Cruisers dropped to 4-1.

In the OCC-Ohio Division, Grove City enters Friday's game at Lancaster one of only two teams in the conference at 2-0. The other team? Pickerington Central, the second-ranked team in ThisWeekSPORTS.com's Super 7 poll.

"We're setting our sights at being OCC champs," Grove City quarterback Luke Smurthwaite said. "If we keep playing our hearts out like (last Friday) there is nobody that is going to stop us. We're going to put 100 percent out on the field."

Smurthwaite led the comeback charge. Down 24-0 in the second quarter, Smurthwaite scored two rushing touchdowns within a 14-second span to gain momentum.

"Our offense started clicking right before halftime," Smurthwaite said. "We told our defense if we can get some stops, the offense is going to keep putting points on the board."

Grove City's defense put the clamps down. In the second quarter, Groveport's Melvin Smith rushed for touchdowns of 21, 74 and 16 yards. Smith had 117 yards rushing on seven carries at halftime, but was limited to 31 yards on four carries in the second half.

Meanwhile, Grove City's offense finished drives. The Dawgs had four second-half touchdowns. Smurthwaite scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 3:18 remaining in the game.

Smurthwaite finished 20-for-31 passing for 349 yards with two touchdown passes and had 92 yards rushing with four touchdowns.

"I'm so proud of their effort for not quitting," Jordan said. "The coaching staff did a great job with their halftime adjustments and the kids responded."

Grove City's season is off to a similar start to its last season in 2008, which ended in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. In both seasons, the Dawgs lost all three non-conference games before winning their first two conference games. In 2008, the Dawgs won their first five OCC-Ohio matchups before losing to Pickerington Central 37-19 on Oct. 17.

Grove City's next three opponents are a combined 6-9 overall with what can now be described as a showdown at undefeated Pickerington Central on Oct. 22.

"We showed resiliency and persistence (last Friday)," Jordan said. "We were able to work though some serious adversity.

"We talked about keep fighting. It's good to know we didn't quit."