During the postgame huddle after his team defeated previously unbeaten Fisher Catholic 31-21 on Oct. 5 in a key MSL-Cardinal Division game, Worthington Christian football coach Jeff Hartings delivered a passionate message to his players about not being satisfied.
The Warriors believe big moments still remain this season if they continue to take the incremental steps necessary.
"I'm literally one day at a time with this team," Hartings said. "We've got a lot of talent. You can see that on any given day when you come out and watch us, but we're not where we want to be."
Earning a fourth consecutive victory over Fisher Catholic, which dropped to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the league, was a step in the right direction.
Worthington Christian, which is 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Cardinal, will get its third consecutive challenge against a playoff contender when it plays host to Miamisburg Dayton Christian on Friday, Oct. 11, in a non-league game.
Dayton Christian, which also is nicknamed the Warriors, is 5-1 and coming off a 42-41 double-overtime loss to Cincinnati Summit Country Day, which is 6-0.
Worthington Christian followed a 34-6 loss to unbeaten Glouster Trimble by building leads of 17-7 and 24-14 against the Irish.
After Fisher Catholic cut it to 24-21 on a 66-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kaden Starcher to Nick Krooner with 5 minutes, 16 seconds remaining, Worthington Christian answered less than a minute later with a 57-yard touchdown run by Braden Anderson that sealed the win.
Quarterback Lucas Hartings completed 14 of 24 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown and rushed nine times for 52 yards and two scores, while D.J. Moore had seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Anderson had 148 yards rushing on 19 carries and led the defense with 9.5 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Jaiden Reynolds added eight tackles and an interception.
Worthington Christian's defense will face a dual-threat quarterback in Dayton Christian's Seth Griswold, who is 65-for-103 passing for 952 yards with 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions and has rushed for 506 yards and three scores. He's a standout on defense as well, with 24.5 tackles and an interception at linebacker.
Other key players for Dayton Christian include linebacker Matt Batson, who has seven tackles for loss and 47.5 tackles; wide receiver/defensive back Andrew Dreier, who has four interceptions on defense and 19 receptions for 292 yards and five touchdowns on offense; and linebacker/wide receiver Reid Wheeler, who has 32.5 tackles on defense and 21 receptions for 273 yards and four scores on offense.