The Groveport Madison High School football team will begin OCC-Capital play Friday, Sept. 29, at Franklin Heights.

Coach Bryan Schoonover will get reacquainted with first-year Falcons coach Cory Fenner, who previously served as an assistant on Schoonover's staff.

The Cruisers enter the contest 0-5 after losing to Central Crossing 27-7 on Sept. 22, while the Falcons are 2-3 after falling to Grove City 55-23 that same night.

Franklin Heights beat the Cruisers 35-7 last season en route to finishing 10-2 after losing to eventual state runner-up Massillon Perry 66-28 in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal. It was the Falcons' first winning season since 2001 and their first postseason berth since 1989.

However, Franklin Heights lost several key players to graduation as well as coach Tennyson Varney, who is now at Grove City.

The Falcons opened 0-2, losing by a combined score of 90-33 to Eastmoor Academy and Harvest Prep, but rebounded to beat Briggs 20-17 on Sept. 8 and Westland 41-28 on Sept. 15.

Against Westland, quarterback Cody Little was 13-for-18 passing for 256 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He accounted for 364 of the Falcons' 416 total yards and had a hand in all of their scores.

His touchdown tosses against Westland were to receivers Ray McDonald (85 and 6 yards), Mike Mosely (24 yards) and Kesean Reeves (30 yards). McDonald had three catches for 101 yards in the contest.

Chris Hampton is the Falcons' top running back operating behind a line anchored by Parker McGlothlin (6-foot-1, 300 pounds) and Jaden Proffitt (6-1, 260), both of whom are two-way starting linemen. Also on the offensive line are Jacob McGinnis (6-2, 380) and Kenyatta Jackson (6-0, 250).

Defensively, Hampton and D.J. Harris are key linebackers and Little leads the secondary.

Against Central Crossing, Groveport trailed 13-7 at halftime and after three quarters, but the Comets pulled away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Cruisers' lone score came on a 22-yard pass from quarterback Jacob Huffman to Jaylin Chaney. The touchdown was set up by a Comets turnover.

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