While Groveport Madison football coach Bryan Schoonover's approach to his team's best start in four years is making sure his team stays the course by paying attention to detail, this week's opponent -- Worthington Kilbourne -- finds itself trying to right the ship after losing its first two games in similar fashion.
The Cruisers are 2-0 as they travel to face the Wolves on Friday, Sept. 13, having outscored their first two opponents 87-6.
Kilbourne has held been to six points in each of its first two games, including a 43-point loss at Westerville South on Sept. 6. The previous night, Groveport's John Motton returned the opening kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and slotback Jalil Underdown caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colin Rice on the first play from scrimmage as the Cruisers shut out Hamilton Township 56-0 at Fortress Obetz.
Groveport is 2-0 for the first time since 2015, which also was the last time it started 3-0.
"We talk every day about just taking care of the day (and) getting better each day. I don't think I've ever said to them about what can happen if we click here or there," Schoonover said. "Things have been going in the right direction. That said, there's still a lot of work to be done. There are eight weeks of football left, but we're happy to be 2-0. It's been a long time, but we're still hungry and we have to get back to work.
"It's all about day-to-day operations and making sure everybody is doing their job."
Jashaun McGraw rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and Underdown finished with 152 total yards. In addition to his only catch, Underdown rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Kilbourne got off to a disastrous start against South, as it was held to minus-5 yards on its first two possessions and turned the ball over on the kickoff before what would have been its third drive. The next possession ended in an interception.
Quarterback Mitchell Tomasek threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Skylar Scott in the second quarter for the Wolves' only score. Kilbourne was outgained 440-173 in total yards.
"We're playing from behind the 8-ball a little bit too much and that's a tough thing to do. We have to get out of the gate better," Wolves coach Mike Edwards said. "One thing I always say is it's never quite as bad as you think it is and never quite as good as you think it is. ... I think our biggest goal this week is to start the game better."