After two seasons of playing the role of spoiler, the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team will be the one with something to play for when it faces Groveport at home Friday, Oct. 28.

After two seasons of playing the role of spoiler, the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team will be the one with something to play for when it faces Groveport at home Friday, Oct. 28.

After posting back-to-back shutouts against OCC-Ohio Division foes Reynoldsburg (33-0 on Oct. 21) and Grove City (42-0 on Oct. 14), the Lions are in control of their postseason fate heading into the regular-season finale.

Groveport enters after three consecutive losses, including two shutouts. The Cruisers lost to Reynoldsburg 41-0 on Oct. 14 and to Pickerington Central 35-0 on Oct. 7 before a 27-25 loss to Lancaster on Oct. 21.

Gahanna is 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the league, while Groveport is 3-6 and 1-5. But the Lions expect the Cruisers' best effort considering Gahanna kept Groveport from advancing to the playoffs the previous two seasons.

"If I have to keep them focused then something is wrong," Gahanna coach John Snoad said. "Shane Denny is a good quarterback and he didn't get to play against us last year, so I'm sure he's going to be gunning for us.

"We have spoiled their last couple of years, so they're going to come in all excited. And it's senior night for us, so it's going to be a big deal."

In 2010, with a 4-5 record, Gahanna traveled to Groveport and beat the Cruisers 24-21. In 2009, Groveport lost 35-28 to a 3-6 Gahanna team.

"We realize that they are going to give us their best," Gahanna quarterback Tyler Grassman said. "We can't overlook this team. We're so close to our goal, so we'll just have to stay focused this week and we're going to have to bring our 'A' game, too."

Offensively the last two weeks, the Lions have found success in the passing game as receivers Sante Cook and Julian Lowe have been key factors. Against Reynoldsburg, Lowe had seven receptions for 171 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown. Cook had seven receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns against Grove City.

"We've been playing together since freshman year," Grassman said. "So we just have a lot of chemistry together and I think that is a big reason as to why we've been able to have a lot of success the last two weeks."

The consecutive shutouts have pushed the Lions' season total to four, and the defense has allowed only 87 points in nine games. Groveport enters the contest averaging nearly 21 points, having scored 187 in nine games.