In addition to already assuring itself a better record than in its first season as a program last fall, the Worthington Christian High School football team should be feeling more confident about its offense as it heads into the season's second half.

In addition to already assuring itself a better record than in its first season as a program last fall, the Worthington Christian High School football team should be feeling more confident about its offense as it heads into the season's second half.

The Warriors, who play host to London on Friday, Oct. 2, are coming off a 41-19 victory over Grove City Christian on Sept. 25 in which they piled up 451 total yards.

Junior quarterback Mark Shoemaker completed 15 of 17 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and junior running back Emerson Patrick rushed 17 times for 151 yards and three scores.

Coach Brian Stier also has been pleased that freshmen two-way linemen Derek Holsten and Luke Sharp and freshman wide receiver and defensive back Garrett Woodfin have been adding depth.

"There's some kids, especially some younger kids, who are finding their way through," Stier said.

Worthington Christian, which finished 1-9 last season, improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MLS-Cardinal Division with the win over Grove City Christian.

The positive vibes couldn't come at a better time considering the school will celebrate homecoming this weekend and keeping in mind the opponent.

London is coming off a 41-27 loss to Grandview on Sept. 25 but is 4-1 and has one of central Ohio's top offensive weapons in Michael Johnson. The running back has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards this season, including 210 yards and two touchdowns against Grandview.

Patrick is leading the Warriors in rushing with 411 yards and nine touchdowns and also has 17 receptions. Shoemaker is 31-for-45 passing for 463 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, and junior wide receiver Reed Tucker has 20 catches for 406 yards and five touchdowns.

The Warriors led 27-0 at halftime against Grove City Christian, a team they lost to 50-21 last season. They limited the Eagles to 237 total yards, including 165 rushing on 43 carries (3.8 average).

Senior Justin Eisel and juniors Alex Tucker and Sammy Meyers all had one interception apiece against Grove City Christian.

Alex Tucker began the season at quarterback but he sustained an injury in a 40-15 loss to Africentric on Sept. 11 and didn't play in a 44-6 loss to Harvest Prep on Sept. 18.

Worthington Christian lost to London 47-7 last season.

"(London's) got a pretty solid offensive and defensive line and Michael Johnson is getting most of the attention for them," Stier said. "He's leading central Ohio in rushing and he's definitely a guy that can make plays for them. It's definitely going to be a challenge for us."