Coming off its first win of the season, the Grove City Christian football team opens MSL-Cardinal Division play Friday, Sept. 20, at Worthington Christian.
"I know it's going to be difficult against Worthington Christian," coach Hank Patterson said. "They're strong up front. ... They'll be difficult for us, but we're getting better on defense and I'm glad that's where we're getting better at."
The Eagles improved to 1-2 with a 21-12 win over visiting Dayton Jefferson Township on Sept. 13, as Joey Gallagher and Josiah Bever both scored on interception returns.
"We had two defensive touchdowns," Patterson said. "I told them I don't care who scores touchdowns. If the defense scores all of them, we'll win the game."
Sophomore quarterback Jayden Hanks threw a touchdown pass to Braydon Taylor.
"(Hanks) has good quickness," Patterson said. "He has some of the things that you need to get outside. He's been trying to hold that position. I have a lot of faith in him that he'll get it done."
Worthington Christian improved to 2-1 with a 33-26 win at Danville on Sept. 13.
Quarterback Lucas Hartings' 2-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds remaining lifted the Warriors to the win after they trailed 26-19 midway through the fourth quarter. Hartings completed 22 of 38 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three scores.
"The quarterback is a formidable guy," Patterson said.
D.J. Moore added 10 receptions for 238 yards and a touchdown, and Worthington Christian had a 430-250 advantage in total yards.
Worthington Christian defeated Grove City Christian 40-18 last season and leads the all-time series 4-1. The teams first met in 2014, with the Eagles winning 50-21.
"We're getting there," Patterson said. "The process for the linemen is much greater sometimes than the quarterback. It's most difficult."