The Grove City High School football team enters its game Friday, Oct. 2, at Newark looking to end a three-game losing streak.

The Grove City High School football team enters its game Friday, Oct. 2, at Newark looking to end a three-game losing streak.

The Dawgs are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Newark also is struggling, as it is 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the league, and has been outscored 202-72.

Last season, Grove City lost to the Wildcats 30-20 at home.

Newark's last winning season came in 2005 when it finished 8-3, losing to Gahanna 21-19 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.

Since 2005, the Wildcats are 15-80, including 0-10 seasons in 2009 and 2011.

Despite Newark's struggles, Grove City coach Mike Lanza said his team can't overlook any opponent.

"Newark runs the spread sort of like what everybody is doing right now," Lanza said. "They've been very similar to us. They've been right there, but haven't been able to come up with the wins."

Grove City lost at home to Groveport 26-20 in overtime Sept. 25.

Corey Newman scored on a 20-yard run in overtime to cap a comeback for the Cruisers, as the Dawgs couldn't hold leads of 10-0 after one quarter and 20-13 after three.

Quarterback Jeremy Ford rushed for 190 yards and touchdowns of 24 and 5 yards on 30 carries to lead Grove City. He completed 8 of 20 passes for 89 yards with one interception.

Jordin Brown had one catch for 35 yards.

"It was disappointing," Lanza said. "I thought we had a lot of opportunities to win. We (have to) get back to work and correct mistakes. We had nine penalties (for 85 yards) and they were very costly. We had a touchdown called back from a (chop block) penalty. It seems like every time we made a really big play, it got called back for a penalty. We have to clean that up."

For the season, Ford has rushed for 584 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 carries.