The Grove City High School football team kicked off the Mike Lanza era by defeating visiting Hilliard Davidson 6-0 on Aug. 29.
“What a great atmosphere for a high school football game,” Lanza said. “Hilliard Davidson played their hearts out, Grove City played their hearts out. We just happened to make a couple plays that were able to put us over the top. I’m so proud of our kids because we knew that they could do this.”
Lanza’s first season as Grove City’s coach began with the Dawgs shutting out a Davidson team that is rebuilding after going 13-1 a year ago and reaching the Division I, Region 2 final. The Wildcats defeated Grove City 28-19 in last year's opener.
After a scoreless first half, the Dawgs took advantage of Davidson’s second fumble to score the game’s only touchdown on Peyton Bowyer’s 20-yard run with 8 minutes, 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bowyer finished with 65 yards on 17 carries.
The Wildcats were held to 77 total yards. Their offense, which struggled for most of the game, managed to drive from its 19-yard line to near midfield on its final possession before losing the ball on downs with 1:19 to play.
Grove City’s offense finished with 104 yards.
“We don’t have experience, we’re lacking experience,” Davidson coach Brian White said. “They played tough. They played harder tonight than we did. We fumbled the ball and you can’t win when you turn the ball over. We fumbled the ball in good field position.”
Tre Morgan added a fumble recovery for the Dawgs.
GC—Bowyer 20 run (kick failed)