In a game coach Matt Jordan called “a complete effort for four quarters,” the Grove City High School football team defeated host Gahanna 34-14 in an OCC-Ohio Division matchup.
It was the Dawgs’ first win over Gahanna since 2008. Grove City improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Ohio, while the Lions fell to 3-5 and 3-2.
After the Lions tied the score at 14 on a 3-yard run by quarterback Mason Blancett less than a minute into the fourth quarter, the Dawgs scored 20 consecutive points in a span of 2 minutes, 31 seconds to earn the victory.
“It was a great effort by our kids,” Jordan said. “Tonight, we responded when the game was close and came up with the (victory).”
Corey Williams gave Grove City the lead for good with a 42-yard run down the near sideline on third-and-7 with 6:45 remaining for a 21-14 lead.
“I basically only had one guy to beat, and our guard took care of him, and it was off to the races,” Williams said.
An interception by Ben Myers, three plays later set up a 17-yard run by quarterback Cameron Meece to push the lead to 28-14. On the Lions’ next possession, Tyler Cowles returned an interception 50 yards for the final score.
“We had a lot of mental mistakes that were made tonight that we have to eliminate,” Gahanna coach John Snoad said. “We just have to keep battling.”
Evan Jones opened the scoring with a 4-yard run to cap a drive in which Grove City converted three third-down plays.
The Dawgs moved ahead 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter as Meece connected with Paul Saunders on a post pattern for a 55-yard score.
Vasean Davis got Gahanna on the scoreboard by catching a 43-yard pass down the left sideline with 7:37 left in the half.
After an interception by the Jake Chobany gave the Lions the ball in Grove City territory late in the half, the Dawgs’ defense responded with a goal-line stand to preserve the 14-7 lead. It was the second time the Lions were stopped in the red zone in the opening half. For the game, the Lions converted on only one of four trips inside the Dawgs’ 20.
GC- Jones 4 run (Capehart kick)
GC- Saunders 55 pass from Meece (Capehart kick)
GL- Davis 43 pass from Blancett (Harding kick)
GL- Blancett 3 run (Harding kick)
GC- Corey Williams 42 run (Capehart kick)
GC- Meece 17 run (Capehart kick)
GC- Cowles 50 interception return (kick failed)