Grove City Christian football coach Hank Patterson continues to see promise in his team.

The Eagles had chances to win their third game before losing 16-12 at Morral Ridgedale on Oct. 11.

Grove City Christian led 12-9 early in the fourth quarter.

"They fought hard all the way to the end," Patterson said. "I hope this can continue. I really hope we can keep this together. We could have something very spectacular next year."

The Eagles, who fell to 2-5, play host to Newbury on Friday, Oct. 18. The Black Knights were added to the schedule after Zanesville Rosecrans opted to leave the MSL-Cardinal Division and play eight-man football.

Newbury, a Division VII, Region 25 program from Geauga County in northeast Ohio, is 4-3. The Black Knights, who began the season with 19 players on the roster, are coming off a 42-16 loss to Andover Pymatuning Valley on Oct. 11.

"I looked at their roster and they're about the same size as Ridgedale," Patterson said.

"They have some big guys. We can offset that with perfect plays. I'm really amazed that our young guys can get it done."

Christian Lautenschleger led the Eagles against Ridgedale, rushing for 147 yards on 22 carries. His 80-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 37 seconds remaining gave his team a 12-9 lead.

Lautenschleger also had a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.

The Eagles moved the ball inside the 20-yard line two other times in the first half, but couldn't score.

Grove City Christian rushed for 250 yards and passed for 83.

Boys soccer team readies for postseason

The boys soccer team will open the Division III district tournament by playing host to 13th-seeded Fairbanks on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The Eagles are 8-6-2 overall and seeded sixth.

The winner plays eighth-seeded Tree of Life on Monday, Oct. 21, at the home of the better seed. Grove City Christian played Tree of Life to a scoreless tie Aug. 31.

The second-round winner plays seventh-seeded Northridge or 10th-seeded Fisher Catholic in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed. Grove City Christian defeated Fisher Catholic 2-1 on Sept. 5 and tied the Irish at 1 on Sept. 28 in MSL-Cardinal play.

The Eagles closed the regular season with a 4-1 win over Millersport on Oct. 8 to finish 5-2-1 in the MSL-Cardinal.

Girls volleyball team opens postseason

The girls volleyball team was 8-14 overall before playing sixth-seeded Shekinah Christian in the first round of the Division IV district tournament Oct. 15.

The winner plays host to 12th-seeded Patriot Prep in the second round Thursday, Oct. 17.

The Eagles are seeded 10th.

Grove City Christian went 3-9 in the MSL-Cardinal to tie Millersport for fifth behind champion Berne Union (11-1).

Through 21 matches, Ashley Stoll (90), Bryanna Trout (85) and Alayna Riggs (79) led the team in kills, Alaina Dawson (332) led in assists, Stoll and Dawson (28 each) led in aces, Trout (40) led in blocks and Stoll (154) and Brooke O'Dell (147) led in digs.

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Schedule

Below is the coming schedule for the Grove City Christian cross country teams:

Oct. 19 -- Boys: Division III, district 1 meet at Hilliard Darby. The top three teams and top 12 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North. Girls: Division III district meet at Darby. The top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at North.