The Grove City Christian School football team will look to finish the season .500 when it plays host to Fairfield Christian on Friday, Oct. 28.

The Grove City Christian School football team will look to finish the season .500 when it plays host to Fairfield Christian on Friday, Oct. 28.

For the second consecutive week, the Eagles couldn't hold a fourth-quarter lead and lost to Fayetteville-Perry 32-27 on Oct. 21 to fall to 4-5.

Grove City Christian led 27-12, but three turnovers led to 20 unanswered points for the Rockets.

The Eagles also lost to Portsmouth Sciotoville 44-35 on Oct. 14 and have dropped four of their last six games.

Fairfield Christian is 6-3 after two consecutive losses, including a 39-22 setback against Youngstown Christian on Oct. 21.

"Fairfield Christian will run the ball down your throat and then they'll throw it to that (Hayden) Welch kid on the outside," Grove City Christian coach Kerry Owens said. "They'll sell you on the run and then beat you with the pass to Welch. Defensively, they play a 5-3. They're very aggressive. ... They're a solid team. They've lost to some really good teams. They're going to be looking to get untracked after losing (Oct. 21) just like us, so we're going to have two very motivated teams Friday night."

Welch scored seven touchdowns in a 59-18 win over Franklin Furnace Green on Sept. 16.

Last season, Fairfield Christian defeated Grove City Christian 56-20.

Grove City Christian won the three meetings before that, 27-18 in 2007, 66-6 in 2008 and 56-0 in 2009.

•The girls volleyball team lost its Division IV district tournament opener to MOCAL foe Fairfield Christian 25-14, 25-7, 27-25 in the second round Oct. 22 at Hilliard Darby.

The Eagles, who had a first-round bye in the tournament, finished 10-12 overall.

"I was really worried about the weekend," coach Joe Bradford said. "We hadn't played in about 10 days and I was really worried about a slow start. I didn't think it would be that slow of a start. We had a nice stretch in the first game to get ourselves back in. Fairfield has a really good team."

Grove City Christian finished 4-8 in the MOCAL behind first-place Delaware Christian (12-0). Delaware Christian is the second seed in the district tournament behind top-seeded Shekinah Christian.

Grove City Christian and Fairfield Christian split two matches during the regular season, with the Eagles winning 25-20, 11-25, 28-26, 21-25, 15-12 on Sept. 8 and Fairfield Christian winning 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20 on Oct. 4.

The Eagles will lose seven seniors, including defensive specialist Megan Creasap, who was first-team all-MOCAL and second-team all-district.

Seniors Mariah Koenig (setter) and Anna Mitcham (outside hitter) were honorable mention all-MOCAL. Mitcham also was honorable mention all-district.

Other seniors are Britt Bowen (middle hitter), Grace Caruso (middle hitter), Jessica Skaggs (outside hitter) and Sara Stiffler (outside hitter).

"The seniors were a great group," Bradford said. "Several of the kids were in the program all four years. They had 10 combined wins coming into this year. Getting to 10 this year was kind of special for the girls. It was kind of a milestone. I was hoping we could build on that a little bit."

Juniors Victoria Polentz (defensive specialist/setter), Alyssa Smith (middle hitter) and Britt Sims (outside hitter) and sophomore Sarah Myhand (setter) should be key players next season.