The Grove City football team will look to build on a much-needed win when it plays host to Marysville on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Dawgs snapped a 17-game losing streak with an 18-15 victory at Central Crossing on Sept. 13. They improved to 1-2 while Marysville slipped to 2-1 with a 21-7 loss at Findlay on Sept. 13.
Grove City hadn't won a game in nearly two years and had been 0-3 against the Comets, losing 38-14 last season, 49-48 in 2017 and 28-21 in 2016.
"Our kids are amazing," said third-year coach Tennyson Varney, who earned his second win with the Dawgs. "There aren't many programs who haven't won in a long time that give the effort and heart that our kids give. We've battled. Our kids have fought adversity well. I am super proud of them."
The Dawgs defeated Franklin Heights 55-23 on Sept. 22, 2017, for Varney's first win at Grove City. Varney coached the Falcons from 2014-16.
Cole Crager rushed for 101 yards and a 7-yard touchdown on 22 carries to lead Grove City past Central Crossing. Jevin Yors had 86 yards rushing and a 5-yard touchdown on 17 carries, and Tyler Lantzy's 25-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 51 seconds to play ultimately provided the winning points.
The Dawgs recovered an onside kick in the closing seconds to preserve the victory.
"It's one of the best feelings I've had in a long time," Yors said. "It's a great feeling. It should have happened a long time ago. It means a lot in my senior year."
The Dawgs rushed for 229 yards and had 261 yards of total offense.
"One of our goals is to average better than 3.5 yards per carry and I am pretty sure we got that tonight," Varney said. "If we can do that, we can eat some clock up and we can play football."
Marysville had a 397-270 advantage in total yards against Findlay.
Fullback Ryan Kern rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and quarterback Nate Morey completed 22 of 33 passes for 222 yards.