Grove City football coach Tennyson Varney hopes his team learned some valuable lessons this season.
The Dawgs finished 1-9 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division with a 42-6 loss to visiting Pickerington Central on Nov. 1.
"The good thing is the young guys got a lot of experience playing the last five weeks," Varney said. "Hopefully that pays off later on down the road."
Grove City recognized its seniors before the game.
"It was a special night," senior lineman Joey Woolard said. "It hit me right about the third or fourth quarter. That's when everyone said 'wow, this is surreal.' ... Coach told us he was proud of us and he loved coaching us and he's going to miss us."
Junior quarterback Jared Knight said it was special to be able to recognize the seniors.
"We love the seniors," he said. "Those are our guys. It's just a brotherhood. We did our farewells with them."
The Tigers had a 373-197 advantage in total yards.
"Pickerington Central is well-coached, they're athletic and big," Varney said.
Blake Stevens rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to lead the Dawgs. He scored on a 74-yard run in the second quarter.
"Central is one of the top teams in Ohio," said Knight, who passed for 50 yards. "We just tried to compete, play with them and do our job offensively and defensively. When you play a great team like that, you have to do everything fundamentally sound, do everything the right way and play as hard as you can. I feel like that's what we did and sometimes you don't get the results you want."
Sirron Smith led the Tigers, rushing for 207 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw rushed for 76 yards and two scores and passed for 61 yards.
"Pickerington Central is solid everywhere," Woolard said. "It's like facing a mini college team."
The Dawgs finished sixth in the league behind Central (5-0), Pickerington North (4-1), Gahanna (3-2), Reynoldsburg (2-3) and Lancaster (1-4). Grove City, which finished 16th in Division I, Region 3, has lost 22 consecutive league games.
Central, North and Reynoldsburg qualified for the playoffs in Region 3.