The Grove City High School football team was minutes away from snapping a 14-game losing streak when Central Crossing completed its comeback from a 15-point, second-half deficit.
The Dawgs will look to rebound from the disappointing setback when they play host to Marysville on Friday, Sept. 15.
On Sept. 8, the Dawgs led Central Crossing 35-20 early in the second half before the host Comets rallied for a 49-48 win. Pierre France scored his fourth touchdown on a 6-yard run with 1 minute, 53 seconds remaining to give Central Crossing the lead.
Grove City, which also lost to the Comets 28-21 last year in the first meeting between the programs, dropped to 0-3.
The Dawgs are looking to give coach Tennyson Varney his first win with the program.
“It would mean a lot,” linebacker and running back D.J. Gatewood said. “Coach Varney is taking a lot of heat right now because we haven’t won, so it would mean a lot to get his first win, especially this week against a pretty good opponent. He deserves it with all he does for us.”
Marysville slipped to 1-2 with a 32-21 loss to visiting Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 8.
Against Central Crossing, the Dawgs had a 486-416 advantage in total yards and showed balance on offense. Austin Sigler completed 17 of 23 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns, Devin Dukes rushed for 195 yards and two scores on 35 carries and Patrick Eanes had six receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was a tough one,” Gatewood said. “We’re getting better and better every week. We’re right there. Coach told us we’re going to be a really good team. We were up most of the game. It was personal. It was a hard one for all of us.”
The Monarchs led Liberty 21-13 in the third quarter before the Patriots scored the game’s final 19 points.
Tommy Rush, who has committed to play linebacker at Minnesota, rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to lead Marysville.
“Tommy Rush is really good,” Gatewood said. “He’s going to Minnesota. We have to prepare for that. They have a solid team, so we just have to prepare for it.”