The Groveport Madison High School football team travels to Newark on Friday, Oct. 13, in a matchup of winless teams.

The Cruisers and Wildcats both enter the contest 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Capital. Groveport is coming off a 24-7 loss to Canal Winchester on Oct. 6, while Newark lost to New Albany 40-6 that same night.

The Cruisers have scored more than 14 points in a game only once this season and are averaging 9.7 points. The Wildcats, however, are allowing 37.3 points per game.

Newark also has struggled on offense, as it is averaging 12.4 points. Groveport is allowing 31.9 points per contest.

The Wildcats have played without running back and linebacker D'ante Woods and defensive back Christian Black the past few weeks, and have started a freshman Jake Sherman at quarterback the past two games.

Newark has been led by receivers DeJuan Shackleford and Jade Batross and running back Levi McKee, but has struggled with a young offensive line.

Against Canal Winchester, a pair of sophomores -- quarterback Colin Rice and receiver Keimare Burnett -- hooked up on a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Cruisers a 7-0 lead. The game was tied at 7 at halftime and the Indians led 14-7 entering the fourth quarter before pulling away.

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