Canal Winchester football coach Josh Stratton hadn't left the field yet following a 28-0 loss at Groveport on Oct. 11, but he already was looking ahead and wanted to make sure his team was doing the same thing after losing for the first time in almost 14 months.
"If you have a growth mindset, a loss is a great opportunity to learn from and then you move on," Stratton said. "We have another game this week. We don't care about Groveport anymore, until this season is over and we start preparing to beat them next year. But we're not concerned with them after right now. We have at least three games left and we have to learn from what happened (Oct. 11)."
At 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Capital Division, the Indians will visit struggling Franklin Heights on Friday, Oct. 18.
Groveport emphatically ended Canal Winchester's 15-game winning streak, holding the Indians without a first down until the middle of the second quarter -- by which time the Cruisers had a 161-19 edge in total yards.
Indians running back Stephan Byrd ran for 108 yards on 25 carries.
Trailing 14-0, Canal Winchester held the ball for 6 minutes, 39 seconds spanning from the third quarter to the fourth and drove to Groveport's 1-yard line before losing a fumble. On the next play, the Cruisers' Emmanuel Anthony ran a sweep play 95 yards to the end zone to make it 21-0.
The Indians committed all three turnovers in the game.
"It was a game of missed opportunities in a game where you can't miss opportunities," Stratton said. "You can't commit penalties and you can't turn the ball over. We did and they didn't."
Franklin Heights lost its third consecutive game Oct. 11, falling 49-19 at Big Walnut to slip to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Talondre Barker rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and Ray McDonald caught four passes for 66 yards and a score to lead the Falcons, who trailed 28-0 at halftime and have allowed an average of 46 points during their losing streak.