The Grove City High School football team faces a stern challenge in its season finale.
The Dawgs will play defending Division I state champion Pickerington Central on Friday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North. The Tigers moved the game from their home field to North because of "poor field conditions."
"We just want to continue to get better. That's all we can do," coach Tennyson Varney said when asked about Central. "We want to keep getting experience for our young guys and have our seniors play hard. We want to go out and make sure we give our best effort."
Grove City fell to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division with a 62-6 loss to visiting Gahanna on Oct. 20. That same night, Central lost to host Reynoldsburg 24-21 to fall to 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the league and end its 12-year run of winning at least a share of a league championship.
Lancaster sits atop the OCC-Ohio standings at 4-0 and Reynoldsburg is second at 3-1. The teams meet Thursday, Oct. 25, at Lancaster.
Central was projected to be fourth in Division I, Region 3 as it looks to secure a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the postseason, with the top four playing at home in the opening round.
The Tigers, who are seeking their 13th consecutive playoff berth, are led by junior quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw, who was limited to just 51 yards passing and 11 yards rushing in the loss to Reynoldsburg.
Running back Jamir Jackson rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries to lead Central.
Grove City, which managed just 115 total yards against Gahanna, pulled to within 14-6 in the second quarter on Will Moore's 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown.