For Grove City High School football coach Tennyson Varney, reverting back to basics was a major emphasis this week.
The Dawgs will look to snap a two-game losing streak and earn their first OCC-Ohio Division win when they visit Reynoldsburg on Friday, Oct. 13.
Grove City is 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the league.
"Winning is one thing, but just doing the little things correctly is what we're focusing on," Varney said. "We have to fix us before we worry about any other team right now. We're just not doing things correctly in all facets."
Coming off a 21-14 win over visiting Gahanna on Oct. 6, Reynoldsburg is 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the league. The Raiders were projected to be eighth in the Division I, Region 3 computer ratings this week, which would give them the region's final playoff berth.
"They're a good team," Varney said. "When you (watch) them on film, they're as good as any team I've seen. There's not a huge drop-off from watching Pick North on film to Reynoldsburg, if there's any drop-off at all."
Varney said his defense must focus on the Raiders' power running game, but also must be wary of quarterback Justin Harris' ability to throw deep.
"That's what they do and they're pretty good at it," Varney said. "You know what you're going to get and you have to stop it. They have good athletes and they're big and physical."
Grove City lost to visiting North 49-7 on Oct. 6, a game in which the Dawgs managed just 164 total yards. Devin Dukes had a 39-yard scoring run and finished with 88 yards on 11 carries. Jevin Yors had two catches for 58 yards.
"We're doing the best we can," Varney said. "We're trying to figure out a way to get better. That's all you can do."
Reynoldsburg used a strong defensive effort to hold on for its win over Gahanna.
Donovan Hines returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to snap a 14-all tie and D'Lacy Bass intercepted a pass in the end zone with 32 seconds left to secure the win.
Guy Cowans-Wright rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown.
"There's no secret our league is full of great football," Varney said. "Lancaster almost beat Pick Central (14-13) and you know how good Pick Central is, and obviously Pick North came out and throttled us. We didn't slow them down at all. It's very high-level football."