The Groveport Madison High School football team is still searching for its first victory.

The Cruisers lost to host Newark 14-0 on Oct. 13 and are 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Capital Division heading into their home finale Friday, Oct. 20, against Big Walnut.

The Golden Eagles are 3-5 overall and 3-0 in the league after beating New Albany 14-0 on Oct. 13. They have won three consecutive games after losing their first five.

The Cruisers continue to struggle offensively, as they are averaging only 8.5 points. Against Newark, Wayne Blackshear rushed for 60 yards on 17 carries and quarterback Colin Rice was 15-for-37 passing for 106 yards as the Cruisers totaled 175 yards. Elyjah Aekins had nine catches for 49 yards.

Groveport converted just two of 15 third downs and only one of nine fourth downs against the Wildcats.

Defensively, the Cruisers allowed just 208 total yards and forced a fumble, although Newark running back D'ante Woods rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries to become the Wildcats' all-time leading rusher.

Jasiyah Robinson led Groveport's defense with nine tackles, including two for loss, and JaShaun McGraw had 8.5 tackles. Skyler Mouser and Jaylon Jackson had seven tackles apiece.

The Cruisers are allowing 29.6 points per game, while Big Walnut is averaging 17.6 points.

Against New Albany, Golden Eagles quarterback Tyler Ronk ran for 130 yards on 19 carries and fullback Nathan Lawyer had a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs.

Big Walnut, which is allowing 24 points per game, limited New Albany to 81 total yards.

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