The Worthington Christian High School football team will be seeking its third consecutive victory over Grove City Christian, along with its first win this season, when it plays host to the Eagles on Friday, Sept. 22.
The Warriors fell to 0-4 with a 52-3 loss to Harvest Prep in their MSL-Cardinal Division opener Sept. 15.
Grove City Christian dropped to 1-3 with a 41-7 loss to Berne Union on Sept. 15 in its league opener. The Eagles’ only previous victory over Worthington Christian came in 2014, when it won 50-21 in the Warriors’ inaugural season.
Worthington Christian competes in Division V, Region 19, and Grove City Christian is in Division VII, Region 27.
“Our motto this year is the process is the product,” first-year Warriors coach Jeff Hartings said. “We believe if we take care of the process during the week, the scoreboard might not take care of itself the way we want it to, but we’re not just looking at the scoreboard. We’re looking at the kind of men that we’re building, the character that they’re growing, and improving.”
Running back Michael Hartings was held to 24 yards on 13 carries against Harvest Prep but has rushed for 397 yards and four touchdowns on the season. He’s also among the team’s top players on defense with 22.5 tackles and two interceptions, and returns kickoffs and punts.
Another key player has been quarterback Braedon Mullins, who has thrown for 164 yards and one touchdown and also is the team’s punter.
“Michael Hartings is a good running back,” said coach Hartings, Michael’s father. “He’s our go-to guy and everything else is still a work in progress. Braedon is a great leader at quarterback. We’re trying to work on the passing game.”
Against Berne Union, Christian Lautenschleger ran for a 24-yard touchdown for the Eagles’ only points.