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.
Girls volleyball coach Joe Bradford has been pleased with his team's progress.
The Eagles were 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Fisher Catholic on Sept. 19.
They split a pair of league matches last week, losing to Berne Union 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 15-11 on Sept. 12 but rebounding to defeat Harvest Prep 25-13, 25-14, 25-16 on Sept. 14.
"Our kids are playing hard and getting better every day," Bradford said. "Sometimes we struggle with consistency, but the effort has been great. We need to figure out how to be more productive offensively at times, but I believe that will come."
Calista Manns had 129 kills, 67 digs and 20 aces through 11 matches, and Katie Jacobs had 55 kills and 37 blocks. Taylor Oda led in assists with 220.
Boys soccer team
The boys soccer team was 7-0-2 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Fisher Catholic on Sept. 20.
The Eagles tied Amanda-Clearcreek at 1 on Aug. 26 and Wellington at 0 on Sept. 11 for their lone blemishes.
Grove City Christian defeated Ready 5-1 on Sept. 16 as Zach Lantzy scored two goals.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City Christian cross country, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Williamsport Westfall Invitational
*Sept. 22 -- At Wellington
*Sept. 27 -- At Harvest Prep
*Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Millersport
*Sept. 23 -- Home vs. Zanesville Rosecrans. The Eagles defeated the Bishops 25-14, 25-12, 25-18 on Sept. 9.
Sept. 26 -- At Columbus Academy