In a game filled with defensive stands for both teams, the visiting Grove City High School football team's defense had one more key stand in an OCC-Ohio Division battle at Lancaster on Friday.

The Dawgs scored late in the third quarter when Mike Mayers threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Grant Mosher as Grove City defeated Lancaster 7-0.

Grove City won its third game in a row and improved to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Ohio. Lancaster dropped to 2-4 and 0-3.

The Grove City defense held Lancaster in check the entire game, allowing one first down in the first quarter and then no more until the Gales' last drive of the game, when they drove inside the Grove
City 10-yard line before the drive stalled.

Grove City defensive back Keith Moore recorded his fifth interception of the season in the fourth quarter, one of three turnovers his defense forced.

"Our defense was flying around out there and we had confidence in each other," Moore said. "Not many people win at Lancaster, but we found a way to win. It wasn't pretty, but we got it done."
Grove City coach Matt Jordan was happy as his defense recorded its first shutout of the season and allowed just 135 total yards.

"The defense played lights out," he said. "Coach Ben Needham and the defensive coaches had a great game plan. It's great to get a shutout against Lancaster."

Lancaster's Nathan Carpenter was held to 39 yards rushing.

Grove City's Mayers completed 4 of 16 passes for 68 yards, but he completed 2 of 2 for 42 yards and the touchdown to Mosher during the Dawgs' five-play, 51-yard touchdown drive in the third

Wideout Jordan Sturgell caught four passes for 82 yards. Moore carried 19 times for 54 yards.

Jordan is happy his team has won three games, three league games in a row, but he's just as happy with the progress the team is making.

"We want to get better each week and take care of what we can control," he said.

GROVE CITY 0 0 7 0 - 7
LANCASTER 0 0 0 0 - 0
GC-Grant Mosher 9 pass from Mayers (Ridgeway kick)