The past five seasons, one of the few close MSL-Cardinal Division games involving Harvest Prep took place last fall when the Worthington Christian football team led at halftime before losing 16-12.
Now that Harvest Prep is in the MSL-Ohio after winning five consecutive league titles, there is an opportunity for a new team to come away with the MSL-Cardinal championship.
One of the games that should go a long way toward determining that will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, when Worthington Christian travels to Fisher Catholic.
The Warriors are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the MSL-Cardinal, with both of their losses coming against teams that are 5-0. They lost to 2018 Division VII state runner-up Glouster Trimble 34-6 on Sept. 27 and Galion Northmor 42-17 on Sept. 6.
Fisher Catholic also is 5-0 overall, as well as 2-0 in the MSL-Cardinal, although none of the teams it has beaten have a winning record and all of its opponents thus far compete in Division VII. The Irish beat Berne Union 43-0 on Sept. 20 and Grove City Christian 41-0 on Sept. 27 in league contests.
Last season, the Rockets finished second in the MSL-Cardinal at 5-1, behind Harvest Prep (6-0), with Worthington Christian (4-2) and Fisher Catholic (3-3) rounding out the top four.
Trimble rushed for 395 yards on 56 carries and did not attempt a pass against the Warriors, who will be faced with another run-first foe in Fisher Catholic.
Senior running back Trey Fabrocini rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Nick Krooner had 64 yards rushing and three scores for the Irish against Grove City Christian.
Against Trimble, senior quarterback Lucas Hartings completed 12 of 22 passes for 155 yards, sophomore wide receiver D.J. Moore had four receptions for 77 yards, junior wide receiver Jaiden Reynolds had three catches for 57 yards and junior running back Braden Anderson rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
"We're getting better each week," Hartings said. "I'm proud of our team's approach each day to get better."