The Grove City Christian School football team will look to bounce back from a disappointing outcome in its opener when it plays host to Crestline on Friday, Sept. 1.

The Eagles committed six turnovers and lost at Springfield Catholic Central 41-7 on Aug. 25.

“They’re a solid team and we didn’t play up to our expectations. It was a combination of both,” senior wide receiver and defensive back Noah Whittaker said.

“We had six turnovers, four interceptions and two fumbles. You can’t have six turnovers and expect to win a game. We have to be more sound tacklers.”

The Eagles lost at Crestline 10-7 last season, and Whittaker said that setback has been motivation for his team. Like Grove City Christian, Crestline is a Division VII program.

“Last year was a real close game,” he said. “We feel this is a redemption game for us. We believe that we owe them one. They’ll probably be a pretty solid team, so we have to come out and play our best.”

Crestline went on to finish 4-6 and Grove City Christian finished 1-9 under coach B.J. Queen, who is now at Beechcroft.

First-year coach Hank Patterson is seeking his first win with Grove City Christian, which is another motivating factor for the Eagles.

“We’d love to get him his first win,” Whittaker said. “We want to show that he’s a great coach. He’s teaching us a lot. We just have to execute on it.”

Crestline opened Aug. 25 with a 47-18 loss at Monroeville. The Bulldogs were held to minus-28 yards in the first half.

Trailing 47-0, Crestline scored its first touchdown on Ty Clark’s 78-yard pass to Davon Triplett in the third quarter.

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