With OCC-Capital Division play beginning Friday, Oct. 4, at Franklin Heights, the Groveport Madison football team quickly moved on from its first loss of the season.
For coach Bryan Schoonover, perhaps the best thing about a 21-14 loss at Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 27 was that he felt his team's mistakes were correctable.
Despite committing three of their nine penalties on the game's first seven plays, two of which were 15-yard personal fouls, the Cruisers hung in against a Liberty team that also entered the game at 4-0. Emmanuel Anthony got Groveport on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds left in the first half to cut the Cruisers' deficit to 14-7, but a lost fumble on the second play of the second half led to the eventual game-winning touchdown for the Patriots.
John Motton returned a punt 25 yards for a touchdown with 3 minutes, 38 seconds to play, but Groveport did not get the ball back.
"(Penalties) were an issue and early on we had two three-and-outs and didn't sustain a drive until late in the second quarter," Schoonover said. "It's all fixable stuff. I like our kids. I like that they fight hard and (I like) our work ethic. It's a learning experience. We will grow from this. This is a great program we lost to. There's a reason (Liberty) has been in (a state semifinal) three years in a row."
Groveport was held to 182 total yards but limited Liberty to 212.
Franklin Heights is 3-2, coming off a 28-20 home loss to previously winless Westerville North on Sept. 27.
Quarterback Jeffrey Beverly completed 18 of 28 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Wide receiver Ray McDonald caught six passes for 106 yards and a score.
The Falcons, whose wins have come against teams that are a combined 3-12, gave up 308 of North's 451 yards on the ground.
Groveport's 48-6 win last year broke a two-game losing streak in the series.
"I don't think anything is different," Schoonover said of his team's approach this week. "Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't and you have to move on and learn from it."