Coming off its first win since 2017, the Grove City football team was riding an emotional high entering its game Sept. 20 against Marysville.
However, after a 37-3 loss to the Monarchs, the Dawgs will face an even tougher test Friday, Sept. 27, as they will look to get back on track when they visit undefeated Canal Winchester.
Grove City, which defeated Central Crossing 18-15 on Sept. 13 to end a 17-game losing streak, stands at 1-3. The Indians improved to 4-0 with a 24-7 win at Westerville North on Sept. 20.
Canal Winchester defeated Grove City 28-13 last season.
"I know it's going to be a test. I'm 100 percent prepared and I'm ready to take on the challenge," quarterback Jared Knight said. "I know my group of guys are (ready for the challenge) as well. ... It would feel great to bounce back from this loss and beat undefeated Canal. That would be a great feeling for us as a team."
Grove City trailed Marysville 16-3 at halftime and was outscored 21-0 in the second half. The Dawgs managed just 148 yards of offense to 369 for Marysville.
Knight passed for 96 yards and Jevin Yors had five receptions for 71 yards to lead Grove City.
"That was rough," Knight said. "We went into halftime (trailing) 16-3. It kind of slipped away from us. We have to play better. We have to be more physical. We have to execute and do our job. It's the little things in football."
Canal Winchester, which has outscored opponents 149-52, outgained North 343-241.
Quarterback Jack Beeler passed for 151 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown to Avery Musick to open the scoring in the first quarter.
Stephan Byrd rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard run to complete the scoring in the fourth.