With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Worthington Christian football team finds itself not only in position to win the MSL-Cardinal Division but also to make the playoffs for the first time in program history.
It's the day-to-day activities, though, that coach Jeff Hartings wants his players focused on as the Warriors take a 5-2 overall and 2-0 league record into their game Friday, Oct. 18, at Fairfield Christian.
"We talk about the process as the product, and we mean it," Hartings said. "The last two weeks have been all about preparing for greatness and challenging these guys to be ready for the big games in the big moments, and they've done that."
Fairfield Christian is 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the MSL-Cardinal. The Knights have lost 19 consecutive games, but their last official win was by forfeit in Week 8 of the 2017 season, a game they lost 64-14 on the field.
Fairfield Christian lost its final two games in 2016, went 1-9 in 2017 and 0-10 last season.
"As a team and coaches, we don't ever talk about the opponent that much," Hartings said. "We're going to approach this week the same as we have the last three, four, five, six weeks. If we execute this week, we'll let the score take care of itself."
Worthington Christian followed a 31-21 league win at previously unbeaten Fisher Catholic on Oct. 5 with a 31-22 victory over visiting Dayton Christian in a non-league game Oct. 11.
The Warriors were projected to be sixth in Division VI, Region 24 this week.
Dayton Christian, which dropped to 5-2, outgained Worthington Christian 300-287 in total yards but fell behind 24-16 on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Lucas Hartings midway through the third quarter.
Braden Anderson ran in from 1 yard with 11:46 remaining and the Warriors' defense made the lead stand.
Against Dayton Christian, Hartings completed 12 of 20 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, Anderson had 83 yards rushing on 17 carries and D.J. Moore had five catches for 85 yards and two scores.
On the season, Hartings is 99-for-170 passing for 1,503 yards with 12 touchdowns and has rushed for eight touchdowns, Moore has 39 receptions for 807 yards and eight scores and Anderson has 369 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 55 carries.