Week 5 Preview
Groveport at Grove City
Cruisers (0-4, 0-1) <> Dawgs (1-3, 0-1)
When the Grove City High School football team struggles, senior quarterback Cameron Meece takes it personally.
The Dawgs entered the season with high hopes but fell to 1-3 overall with a 21-10 loss to host Reynoldsburg on Sept. 20 in the OCC-Ohio Division opener.
"I always feel bad. I always feel like I'm responsible for whatever happens on offense," Meece said. "It's definitely not OK. We're definitely not meeting our expectations."
Grove City was outscored by Rey-noldsburg 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
Meece was 10-for-23 passing for 103 yards with one interception and added 47 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Running back Corey Williams ran for 53 yards on six attempts with a touchdown.
Reynoldsburg held a 301-244 edge in total yards, including a 153-71 advantage in the second half.
"We were definitely a little disappointed," Meece said. "We're a little frustrated that we haven't reached our potential because we have so much talent. We just have to use it."
For the season, Meece has completed 24 of 47 passes for 240 yards with three interceptions and rushed for 460 yards and seven touchdowns on 79 carries.
Williams has rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries.
Meece would like to play collegiately, but realizes at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, his size might limit his opportunities at the Division I level.
"It would be awesome if it happens," he said. "I'm trying to pursue a degree in engineering and if that opportunity comes then absolutely I'd take it for sure. I've talked to a bunch of D-III colleges. If I was 6-2, 210, I'd be going places."
Coach Matt Jordan said Meece has been successful because of a solid work ethic.
"He puts a lot of work into everything he does," Jordan said. "He's a kid that made himself who he is through his hard work in the offseason and stuff that he does."
Last season, Meece was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district in Division I.
Grove City will look to get back on track when it plays host to Groveport on Friday, Sept. 27.
The Cruisers, who last season finished 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Ohio, fell to 0-4 with a 20-13 loss to Gahanna in their league opener Sept. 20.
Grove City defeated Groveport 42-24 last season, but Jordan said his team won't overlook the Cruisers.
"They have the ultimate trump card on this side of the tracks, which is speed," Jordan said. "They have some guys that can flat out fly. If they get loose that's a concern that we have because that's what we've seen the last two weeks. We've seen these teams with great speed and great athleticism, and that's been a problem for us. Hopefully, we can keep it contained."
Central Crossing to play Davidson
Central Crossing coach Chris Harr said his team faces a daunting task when it plays host to Hilliard Davidson on Friday, Sept. 27.
The Wildcats are 4-0 and ranked first in ThisWeek's Super 7 poll.
The Comets fell to 1-3 with a 49-7 loss at Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 20 in their OCC-Central opener.
The Patriots outscored Central Crossing 21-0 in the second quarter for a 28-0 lead.
"We're better than what the score indicated," Harr said. "We just have to play better. It comes down to doing what you're coached to do consistently and not just part of the time."
Quarterback Luke Duncan threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Miranda in the third quarter.
Senior safety Gino Siravo had an interception in the first quarter.
Davidson is led by senior running back D.D. Clark, who has rushed for 501 yards and four touchdowns on 69 carries. Phillipie Motley, who has verbally committed to play defensive back at Pittsburgh, has rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
"It doesn't get any easier," Harr said. "Davidson is the best team in the league right now. They're 4-0 and they're one of the top 10 teams in the state in Division I. This is as good a Davidson team I've seen and they've been pretty good over the years. The way they beat you is they out-physical you. They are trained machines when it comes to being physical over the years."
Davidson leads the series 6-0.