Grove City Christian School senior football player Clayton Lepley admits to "crying tears of joy" after his team's 14-7 win over Fisher Catholic on Oct 1.

Grove City Christian School senior football player Clayton Lepley admits to "crying tears of joy" after his team's 14-7 win over Fisher Catholic on Oct 1.

The victory snapped the Eagles' 15-game losing streak. They hadn't won since the 2014 season finale, 26-13 over Berne Union.

"The highlight of the season was the win," Lepley said. "It was crazy. I was crying tears of joy because it had been 15 games at that point that we had lost in a row. ... The team learned a lot of lessons."

Grove City Christian, which finished 6-4 in 2014 and 0-10 last season, went 1-9 overall under first-year coach B.J. Queen, who coached Fairfield Christian the previous three seasons.

"It was sad to see the season come to an end," Queen said. "We had great seniors. I wish we would have had more of an opportunity to coach those kids. It was a great group to work with."

The Eagles went 1-5 in the MSL-Cardinal Division to tie Fisher Catholic and Millersport for fifth behind Harvest Prep (6-0), Worthington Christian (5-1), Fairfield Christian (4-2) and Berne Union (3-3).

Harvest Prep qualified for the Division VII, Region 27 playoffs and faces Waterford in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 19.

Queen said his team was competitive in losses to Crestline (10-7 on Sept. 2), Berne Union (39-35 on Sept. 16) and Millersport (26-20 on Oct. 28). The Eagles also trailed Fairfield Christian 28-21 after three quarters before the Knights pulled away for a 43-21 win Oct. 8.

"We just have to learn how to finish games," Queen said. "We're really young. We had two sophomores playing inside linebacker (Brett Baker and Alex Schuler). We had a sophomore (Jacob Brunney) and a freshman (Koby Brunney) playing safety positions."

Grove City Christian struggled with depth all season and finished with about 25 players, including just four seniors.

The Eagles went from a wing-T offense to a spread in week 8, with junior Caleb Sullivan taking over at quarterback for senior Matt Bailey.

"Our personnel should match the spread in the upcoming years," Queen said.

Bailey rushed for 532 yards and five touchdowns, passed for 214 yards and two touchdowns and had 187 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He was named first-team all-league and special/honorable mention all- district.

Senior Joe Pashovich (OL/DL) finished with 70 tackles and also was first-team all-league and special/honorable mention all-district.

Lepley (OL/DL) and senior Adam Blake (OL/DL) were second-team all-league. Lepley also earned the league's Ernie Godfrey Award, which is presented annually for academic excellence.

Junior Quynten Jeffries (TE/WR/DB) was honorable mention all-league after making 16 catches for 235 yards and five touchdowns.

Juniors Ian Sinclair (FB/DB) and Noah Whitaker (WR/DB) also were honorable mention all-league. Sinclair rushed for 390 yards.

Queen replaced Andrew McCampbell, who went 10-20 in three seasons.

"Coach did a good job," Lepley said. "Obviously, it's hard with a new coach and a new system, so it takes some time to get used to."

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