The Grove City Christian High School football team continues its pursuit of a Division VI playoff berth when it plays host to Corning Miller on Friday.

The Grove City Christian High School football team continues its pursuit of a Division VI playoff berth when it plays host to Corning Miller on Friday.

The game is the first of three consecutive home games for the Eagles. Grove City Christian's only remaining regular season road game is Oct. 16 against Zanesville Rosecrans.

The Eagles are 4-0, after a 34-0 win against host Franklin Furnace Green last Friday.

Miller is 1-3 and a member of the Tri-Valley Hocking League. The Falcons' lone win came against Beallsville 35-28 in week one.

Last season, Grove City Christian defeated the Falcons 39-0.

Miller is led by senior running back Jake Reynolds, who rushed for 320 yards and two touchdowns on 67 carries.

Grove City Christian coach Clyde Lucas expects his team to have an advantage in depth since the Falcons have less than 25 players. The Eagles have nearly 50 players on their roster.

"Miller is struggling," Lucas said. "They don't have high numbers, so what we want to concentrate on is our team getting better."

Against Furnace Green, Eagles running back Jessie Barns rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. For the season, he has 411 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 40 carries.

Connor Lucas added 88 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and is second on the team in rushing with 226 yards and three touchdowns on 24 attempts.

Quarterback Christopher Bowman has completed 22 of 38 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns. He's also rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Brice Bowman has 11 receptions for 273 yards and five touchdowns.

Quarterback Luke Smurthwaite, a transfer from Grove City, has rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.

"I think we're further ahead than we were last year," coach Lucas said. "I think we're a stronger team than last year by far."

•The soccer team was 4-3 overall and 1-1 in MOCAL before its game against Delaware Christian last Tuesday.

"I do like the progress of this team," coach David Morrison said. "I feel like we're leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year. We have a winning attitude and that's a total change from last year."

The Eagles return to action today when they visit Emmanuel Christian.

Grove City Christian plays host to Granville Christian Academy on Monday and West Jefferson on Tuesday, looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Roughriders on Aug. 27.

Grove City Christian evened its record in the MOCAL following a convincing 3-0 win against Gahanna Christian on Sept. 15.

Josh Slone scored his team-high eighth goal for the Eagles. Daniel Spears and Brady Stephens also scored.

"Our guys were great against Gahanna Christian," Morrison said. "That was definitely a highlight game for us."

•The volleyball team looked to snap a two-match losing streak when it played host to Horizon Science Academy last Tuesday.

The Eagles stood at 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the MOCAL.

Grove City Christian returns to MOCAL action on Saturday at home against Delaware Christian.

The Eagles earned their first MOCAL win in two seasons when they defeated Northside Christian 25-18, 24-26, 24-26, 25-17, 15-10 on Sept. 8.

"We talked about that first (MOCAL) win a little bit," coach Joe Bradford said. "We're trying to make it the expectation more than being too happy about one particular win."

Grove City Christian has already surpassed its win total of last season when it finished 2-19.

Bradford pointed to solid contributions from senior middle hitter Aricka Clark, junior setter Megan Keating and junior outside hitter Natalie Howard as keys to the team's success.

• Golf coach Eric Varney was hoping to add depth to a limited roster.

Grove City Christian shot a 203 in a Sept. 17 match against Fairfield Christian (163) and Tree of Life (190).

Senior Trenton Laws, a linebacker on the football team, led the Eagles with a 37. Laws has a team-best 40.6 average.

"It's been a tough season," Varney said.

"We've had four kids quit. Two signed up and actually never joined. Two came to the first practice and then decided they were going to play soccer instead of golf. We've pretty much had four players for most of the time."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grove City Christian fall teams:


Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished ninth (239 points) behind first-place Circleville (39) in the section II race at the Central Ohio Invitational at Hartley. The Eagles' Sam Miller finished sixth in 17 minutes, 39.74 seconds. Girls: Ran incomplete at Central Ohio Invitational. Katie Miller was 27th (22:06.55) in the section II race.

Saturday -- At Pickerington Central Tiger Invitational


Last Friday -- Defeated Franklin Furnace Green 34-0

Friday -- Home vs. Corning Miller

Of note: The Eagles are 4-0.


Sept. 17 -- Scored 203 in a tri-match with Fairfield Christian (163) and Tree of Life (190)

Today -- Home vs. Mount Gilead and Village Academy


*Sept. 15 -- Defeated Gahanna Christian 3-0

Sept. 17 -- Lost to Horizon Science Academy 4-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Delaware Christian

Today -- At Emmanuel Christian

Monday -- Home vs. Granville Christian

Tuesday -- Home vs. West Jefferson

Of note: The Eagles were 1-1 in the MOCAL and 4-3 overall before last Tuesday.


*Sept. 8 -- Def. Northside Christian 25-18, 24-26, 24-26, 25-17, 15-10

*Sept. 10 -- Def. Tree of Life 14-25, 25-22, 25-17, 26-28, 15-8

Sept. 14 -- Def. Independence 30-28, 25-20, 25-18

*Sept. 15 -- Lost to Gahanna Christian 25-21, 25-9, 25-17

*Sept. 17 -- Lost to Fairfield Christian 25-23, 25-8, 25-21

Last Tuesday -- Played Horizon Science Academy

*Saturday -- Home vs. Delaware Christian

Monday -- At Shekinah Christian

*Tuesday -- At Madison Christian

Of note: The Eagles were 2-3 in the MOCAL and 3-5 overall before last Tuesday.

*MOCAL contest