When the programs met last season, the Worthington Christian High School football team was coming off its first victory in program history and Harvest Prep was charging for a postseason berth.

When the programs met last season, the Worthington Christian High School football team was coming off its first victory in program history and Harvest Prep was charging for a postseason berth.

Harvest Prep won last year's matchup 47-7 in week 10 to secure a berth in the Division VII playoffs, but the teams are meeting in week 4 this season, with Worthington Christian traveling to Harvest Prep on Friday, Sept. 18.

The matchup is the MSL-Cardinal Division opener for both teams.

Both programs are going through rough stretches. Worthington Christian opened with a 41-0 win over Cincinnati Landmark Christian on Aug. 28 but has lost back-to-back games and is 1-2 overall. Harvest Prep, which is the defending MSL-Cardinal champion, is off to an 0-3 start.

"They had a good season last year," coach Brian Stier said of Harvest Prep. "They're struggling a little bit this year."

Worthington Christian lost to Africentric 40-15 on Sept. 11 at Columbus South after trailing just 16-12 at halftime.

Junior quarterback Alex Tucker completed 14 of 17 passes for 193 yards with one touchdown but sustained a wrist injury during the second half. His status for the Harvest Prep game is uncertain.

Junior Mark Shoemaker replaced Tucker, completing four of six passes for 53 yards.

"(Shoemaker and Tucker) split time in the preseason and (Shoemaker) has had some action in all of our games," Stier said. "We're confident with him if he's our quarterback going forward."

Harvest Prep, which finished 8-3 last year, is coming off a 41-22 loss to Albany Alexander on Sept. 11. Its top player is senior Curtis Jones, who sees action in a variety of roles, including running back and defensive back.

Worthington Christian gave up 24 points during the second half against Africentric, which converted on all five of its two-point conversion attempts.

Wide receiver Reed Tucker had seven catches for 140 yards, wide receiver Justin Eisel had four receptions for 52 yards and running back Emerson Patrick had five catches for 38 yards and rushed for 39 yards on 15 carries to also contribute to Worthington Christian's offense against the Nubians.

"(Africentric has) some athletes and can score pretty quickly," Stier said. "Our tackling wasn't great and we made some turnovers at inopportune times."