With four postseason hopefuls remaining, Grove City High School football coach Tennyson Varney isn't worried about his team's schedule.

His main objective is helping his players gain confidence as a disappointing season winds down.

The Dawgs are 0-6 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division as they prepare to visit Pickerington North on Friday, Oct. 5.

Grove City lost at home to Lancaster 50-14 on Sept. 28.

"We just have to keep getting our kids ready to play," Varney said. "We're trying to find some motivation for our kids. They continue to work hard. We're just getting thin on numbers now. We just get more and more hurt every game. It's rough. We'll be starting the week with a whole bunch of kids playing a whole bunch of different positions again, so it's tough to get any consistency going."

The Panthers started 4-0 but have lost two consecutive games for the first time since 2016, with their latest defeat a 33-31 setback Sept. 28 at Reynoldsburg.

North has won four consecutive games in the series, with the Dawgs' last win coming in 2013 (34-24).

Grove City fell behind Lancaster 33-0 in the second quarter. The Dawgs got touchdown runs from Cole Crager (41 yards) and Jake Burris (3 yards), and Jared Knight completed 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards.

Crager rushed for 45 yards on nine carries, and Knight added 38 yards on 12 carries. Jevin Yors had six receptions for 63 yards.

North led Reynoldsburg 24-7 before being outscored 26-7 in the fourth quarter. Mike Lowery completed 24 of 38 passes for 260 yards with two touchdowns, and Chris Scott had nine catches for 157 yards and three scores.

Grove City still must face Reynoldsburg on Oct. 12, Gahanna on Oct. 19 and defending Division I state champion Pickerington Central on Oct. 26.

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