The Grove City Christian School football team should face another stern test in MSL-Cardinal Division play when it visits Fisher Catholic on Friday, Sept. 28.
The Eagles, who are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Cardinal, are looking to bounce back from a 40-18 loss to visiting Worthington Christian on Sept. 21.
The Irish, who are 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the league, are coming off their first loss of the season, a 27-13 setback against Berne Union on Sept. 21.
Fisher Catholic's game against Reigning Sports Academy on Sept. 7 was canceled.
"Fisher Catholic will be big up front," coach Hank Patterson said. "That will be our game, see if we can play a little bit better up front and try to keep that score down. I'm trying to keep a top on the defense and our guy who helps keep that top on there is Brett Baker. I have to count on those guys to keep a top on it and hopefully we can play very strong up front."
The game should have postseason implications in Division VII, Region 27, as Fisher Catholic was projected to be fifth this week and Grove City Christian was projected to be tied for 13th. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Quarterback Kaden Starcher directs Fisher Catholic's run-pass option offense, with Nick Krooner (RB), Caden McColley (RB), Alex Smith (WR) and Daniel Turner (WR) his key threats.
Last season, the Eagles won the game by forfeit after Fisher Catholic was ruled to have used an ineligible player. The Irish finished 0-10 after losing four games by forfeit.
Christian Lautenschleger led Grove City Christian against Worthington Christian, rushing for 156 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.
Baker passed for 86 yards and a touchdown and added his seventh interception of the season at free safety.
"We had a lot of positives," Patterson said. "We were a little bit better on defense. We had some first-time guys going in there. We have a couple of guys who came out a couple weeks ago and they're going to help us."
Juniors Garrett Baker (WR) and Joe Gallagher (LB) are the latest additions to the team.