Coming off a 38-14 loss to visiting Central Crossing on Sept. 6, Grove City High School football coach Tennyson Varney said his team went back to work with the mindset that it had to improve.
The Greyhounds are 0-3 as they prepare to visit Marysville on Friday, Sept. 14.
"It's been a humbling experience," Varney said. "It's tough to take. You have to learn from it, keep learning. You have to keep getting better. I'm proud of our kids for showing up to school the next day and facing everybody. They're just kids and they're going to keep improving. We're going to keep working and one day we're going to get this fixed."
The Monarchs are 1-2 and coming off competitive losses to Delaware (17-16 in overtime Aug. 31) and Olentangy Liberty (23-14 on Sept. 7).
Grove City trailed Central Crossing 21-0 after one quarter.
Jared Knight completed 14 of 24 passes for 176 yards and Jevin Yors had five receptions for 66 yards to lead the Dawgs. Grove City managed just 204 yards of total offense to 351 for Central Crossing.
Senior defensive back Kingston McKinstry, who suffered a knee injury in the opening scrimmage against Chillicothe and was expected to be out several weeks, made his season debut against the Comets but saw limited time in the secondary.
Varney hopes McKinstry's playing time will increase as his conditioning improves. Last season, he was second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division.
Led by second-year coach Brent Johnson, Marysville is looking to improve on last season's 4-6 finish.
"Marysville is a tough team," Varney said. "It's going to be a good game. Just like everybody we play, we don't play anybody that's not good."
Ryan Kern rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries to lead the Monarchs against Liberty.
Walker Heard is the quarterback and Bodie Eberhart is another key contributor at running back.
"They're a wing-T team," Varney said. "They do some other stuff, but for the most part they keep some wing-T principles and they're good at what they do. They're going to run the football, play-action you, standard Marysville stuff they've been doing for a long time. They have some good kids and they're pretty big and physical."