Despite having yet to win a game, Grove City High School football coach Tennyson Varney still sees a lot of fight in his players.
The Dawgs fell to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division with a 42-10 loss at Pickerington North on Oct. 5.
Grove City, which trailed 14-3 after the first quarter, managed just 112 total yards against the Panthers, who improved to 5-2 and 1-1.
"It's just rough being this young and this inexperienced," Varney said. "To get our kids to still come out and compete, I'm really proud of them. A lot of people would want to pack it in, but our kids are still competing and practicing every day, so I'm proud of them."
Grove City faces another stern test Friday, Oct. 12, as it plays host to Reynoldsburg in an OCC-Ohio contest. The Raiders are coming off their first loss, 10-7 at Gahanna on Oct. 5 to slip to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Reynoldsburg has won seven consecutive games in the series, with the Dawgs' last win coming in 2010 (39-18).
Grove City has lost 14 consecutive league games, with its last win coming Oct. 16, 2015, when it defeated Gahanna 10-7. The Dawgs have lost 12 consecutive games overall.
Cole Crager led Grove City against North, as he rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries, including a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Quarterback Jared Knight passed for 60 yards and Jevin Yors had two catches for 41 yards.
"Our kids came out and I thought they did the best they could do. They competed," Varney said. "I thought that was good. We're still learning how to compete, fight. We just have to keep getting better."
Reynoldsburg lost to Gahanna despite outgaining the Lions 196-118 in total yards.
Quarterback Dijon Jennings passed for 72 yards and J'Vonte Edwards rushed for 53 to lead the Raiders.
"Reynoldsburg is really good," Varney said. "They look really great on film. They're big, strong and athletic. They're always big, strong and athletic, but this is the year that they're a really good team. There's no wonder why they've been winning games. They're going to be tough."
All five of Grove City's OCC-Ohio rivals remain in playoff contention entering Week 8.