The Grove City High School football team's trek through a rugged OCC-Ohio Division schedule continues Friday, Oct. 19, when it plays host to Gahanna, but coach Tennyson Varney's focus is on his squad, not the Lions.
The Dawgs fell to 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio with a 43-7 loss to Reynoldsburg on Oct. 12. That same night, Gahanna slipped to 4-4 and 1-2 with a 31-14 loss to Lancaster.
"We want to continue to improve," Varney said. "We're more worried about ourselves than we are playing (against our opponent). We're so young we just have to keep using these weeks of practice to improve and continue to get better and work on things we need to work on. That's the bottom line, that's all we can do. We need some game reps."
Gahanna was projected to be third in this week's Division I, Region 2 computer ratings and Reynoldsburg was projected to be first. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs.
Grove City trailed Reynoldsburg 14-7 in the second quarter before the Raiders pulled away.
Luke Capehart accounted for the Dawgs' lone score, returning a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown.
Grove City managed just 112 yards of offense against the Raiders.
"They fought all the way to the end," Varney said. "We battled in the beginning. We did some good stuff. We just continue to get better. The young guys are starting to learn football and they're getting better. That's all you can ask for."
Against Lancaster, Gahanna quarterback Will Thomas completed 11 of 20 passes for 117 yards and Travis Whittaker rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Grove City closes the season Oct. 26 against defending Division I state champion Pickerington Central. The Tigers are 7-1 entering their showdown with Reynoldsburg on Oct. 19 and were projected to be second in Region 3 this week.
"It's so tough," Varney said. "There's probably not one week that anybody in our league looks forward to."