Losers of four in a row but still clinging to hopes of making the Division I playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team will attempt to regroup Friday, Oct. 21, when it plays at Grove City.

Losers of four in a row but still clinging to hopes of making the Division I playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team will attempt to regroup Friday, Oct. 21, when it plays at Grove City.

The Dawgs, who are 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio, are led by former Gahanna coach Mike Lanza and beat the Lions 10-7 a year ago despite finishing just 3-7.

Gahanna is 4-4 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio after losing to Lancaster 21-18 on Oct. 14 but is projected to be 10th in Region 3 computer points heading into the Grove City game. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

The Lions likely must beat Grove City and then win Oct. 27 over Pickerington North, and might still need help from others, to make the playoffs.

"We're not a bad team," senior running back Jayvonta Tolliver said. "We just need to finish. We've lost the last three by a total of (12) points, so we have all the tools. It would be nice to make it to the playoffs."

Tolliver's performance against Lancaster could be part of the solution.

After sitting out the first five games because of the OHSAA's transfer rule, Tolliver rushed seven times for (minus)-9 yards over his first two games with the Lions.

Tolliver, who rushed for 667 yards a year ago at Pickerington North, then broke through for 181 yards and two touchdowns against Lancaster. He also has three receptions and has served as a punt and kick returner.

"Coach (Ward) didn't have much faith in the run game, so I told him just give me carries and I'll make plays," Tolliver said. "The more carries I get the stronger I get, so getting more ... carries in comparison to the other two games definitely made a difference."

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