Either the Grove City Christian School football team or host Worthington Christian will get a major boost from their contest Friday, Sept. 22, in the form of an MSL-Cardinal Division win.

Each team lost its league opener last week. The Eagles are 1-3 overall, and the Warriors are 0-4.

Worthington Christian, however, is coming off its best season, going 6-4 a year ago for its first winning record.

The Warriors, who are in their fourth season, defeated Grove City Christian 37-0 last year and lead the series 2-1. The Eagles won 50-21 in 2014 on their way to their last winning season at 6-4.

After beating Dayton Jefferson Township 45-6 on Sept. 8, Grove City Christian lost at Berne Union 41-7 on Sept. 15.

Christian Lautenschleger scored on a 24-yard run in the second quarter. At the time, the Eagles trailed only 13-7.

“It got away from us,” junior quarterback Brett Baker said.

“We’re getting better, but we still have a ways to go before we get to where we want to be.”

Berne Union had a 385-154 advantage in total yards.

Jacob Stoneking had 64 yards receiving and Lautenschleger had 47 yards rushing to lead Grove City Christian.

Worthington Christian lost at Harvest Prep 52-3 on Sept. 15 and has been outscored 158-41 this season.

The Warriors’ most competitive game was a 13-10 loss to New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Sept. 8.

“It’s a little bit more fun playing a school you know than you don’t really know,” Baker said. “It motivates you a little bit better to defend where you’re from.”

Both teams have first-year coaches, as Hank Patterson is guiding Grove City Christian and Jeff Hartings is leading Worthington Christian. Hartings is a former NFL offensive lineman.

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