For the second consecutive year, the Grove City High School football team closed its season by defeating playoff-bound and previously unbeaten Pickerington North.
The Dawgs opened a 16-0 lead in the second quarter on their way to a 34-24 win Nov. 1 at North.
Grove City improved to 6-1 all-time against the Panthers. But despite the win, the Dawgs fell short of a postseason berth in Division I, Region 2.
The Dawgs finished 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division, third behind co-champions North and Pickerington Central, both of which went 6-1.
"I'm so happy and proud of our staff and kids," coach Matt Jordan said. "We were 1-4 at one point and now we got it to 6-4 with this."
North fell to 9-1 overall but already had secured a Region 2 postseason berth entering the game.
Grove City rushed for 320 yards led by quarterback Cameron Meece, who had 150 yards on 20 carries. Running back Corey Williams added 127 yards on 16 carries, including a 79-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
"Cameron managed the game, the offensive line started things up front, and Cameron and all the running backs ran well," Jordan said. "They all opened up things for each other."
Last season, Grove City defeated North 13-10 in the regular-season finale. The Panthers went on to finish 12-2, losing to Cincinnati Moeller 26-21 in a state semifinal.
Central Crossing defeats Westland
Central Crossing closed the season by defeating Westland 32-14 on Nov. 1 at home, improving to 5-0 all-time against the Cougars.
The Comets finished 2-8 overall and seventh (1-6) in the OCC-Central behind champion Hilliard Davidson (7-0).
Westland finished 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the league.
Senior quarterback Luke Duncan threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and added two touchdown runs for the Comets, who led 19-0 at halftime.
--Frank DiRenna and Ken Kitchen