The Worthington Christian High School football team will have one of the best remaining opportunities on its schedule to gain points in its bid to make the Division VI playoffs when it plays host to Fisher Catholic on Friday, Oct. 5.
The Warriors improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Cardinal Division with a 35-14 victory over Zanesville Rosecrans on Sept. 28.
They enter the game against the Irish at No. 14 in the Region 23 computer ratings. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs.
Fisher Catholic improved to 4-1 with a 23-6 victory over Grove City Christian on Sept. 28 and is contending for a Division VII, Region 27 playoff spot.
"We're in our conference where we have better matchups for our kids and for the opponents, so we're probably all feeling the same way that all of (the MSL-Cardinal teams) are," Warriors coach Jeff Hartings. "We're improving, but at the same rate, you're getting banged up and practices are difficult because you lose guys, so it's a balance."
Against Rosecrans, Worthington Christian led 21-7 at halftime and finished with 375 total yards.
Quarterback Lucas Hartings was 9-for-18 passing for 114 yards and a touchdown and Michael Hartings had 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Garrett Woodfin had four receptions for 60 yards and Michael King added two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Warriors forced two turnovers and Michael Hartings and Daelon Johnston both had 5.5 tackles.
Each of the three opponents Worthington Christian has lost to, including Harvest Prep, which it fell to 16-12 on Sept. 14 in its league opener, are 6-0.
Last season, Fisher Catholic won four games on the field, including beating the Warriors 24-6, but later forfeited each of its victories for using an ineligible player.
In Fisher Catholic's victory over Grove City Christian, Caden McColley rushed eight times for 79 yards and a touchdown, Nick Krooner had seven rushes for 54 yards and one score and Trevor Bowen had 10 carries for 85 yards.