Coming off its third victory, the Grove City Christian football team will look to close the season on a two-game winning streak when it visits Berne Union on Friday, Nov. 1.

The Eagles improved to 3-6 overall with a 47-14 win over Cincinnati Hillcrest Academy on Oct. 25 at home.

Grove City Christian and Berne Union both are 1-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.

The Eagles are looking to avenge a 36-32 loss to the Rockets last season.

"We thought we could have won that game last season," coach Hank Patterson said. "We had a key turnover that led to the game-winning score. I really think it would be a big feather in our cap if we beat Berne Union, a big public school. Those guys are tough. They have a good, solid run game. It will be a hard-fought victory if we get that one."

Against Hillcrest Academy, quarterback Jayden Hanks completed 16 of 20 passes for 236 yards and five touchdowns.

Berne Union lost to Worthington Christian 41-0 on Oct. 25, as it managed just 100 yards of offense. Landon Godenschwager rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries.

"When the season started we definitely thought we could contend for a league title with Berne Union," Patterson said.

Worthington Christian won the league title at 4-0.

Boys soccer team enjoys winning season

After going 8-9-1 last season, the boys soccer team finished with a winning record at 8-7-2.

The sixth-seeded Eagles lost to 13th-seeded Fairbanks 2-1 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament Oct. 17 at home.

"I told them to hold their heads high," coach Dan Milam said. "I told the seniors to be proud of what they did for the program."

Grove City Christian went 5-2-1 in the MSL-Cardinal to finish second behind Zanesville Rosecrans (7-0-1). The Eagles lost to the Bishops 4-0 on Sept. 7 and 3-1 on Oct. 2.

The team loses 16 seniors, including forward Zach Lauron and defender Carter Stedtefeld, both of whom were named first-team all-league. Lauron led the Eagles in scoring with 15 goals and five assists.

Seniors Davey Claffey (midfielder), Juliana Hunt (midfielder), Griffin Milam (defender) and Seth Ortega (midfielder/forward; 9 goals, 2 assists) were second-team all-league. Seniors Kaitlyn Driftmyer (midfielder), Bailey Garren (goalkeeper; 86 saves) and Colton Sisler (defender) were honorable mention all-league.

Players eligible to return include junior Sebastian Sosa (midfielder), sophomores Jon Frush (defender) and Donovan Harmeyer (defender) and freshman Cameron Stedtefeld (defender).

"We've spent seven seasons building this program," coach Milam said. "Next year will be a true rebuilding year. We're starting to have some talent and numbers come up through our middle school. It will be a rebuilding year, but it will make the team stronger. I'm not going to close the doors on any possibilities."

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