As Jason Peters works toward his fifth season as coach of the Grandview Heights High School football team, he hopes his seniors learned much from the leadership displayed by the Bobcats' 2011 graduates.

As Jason Peters works toward his fifth season as coach of the Grandview Heights High School football team, he hopes his seniors learned much from the leadership displayed by the Bobcats' 2011 graduates.

Last season, Grandview finished 6-4 overall and went 4-3 in the MSL-Cardinal Division to tie Harvest Prep and Liberty Union for third, behind champion West Jefferson (10-0).

"We're looking for leadership," Peters said. "We had a great senior class last year and it was the first class that I had in my four years here. We had a bunch of great kids and they will be missed."

Among the graduates was offensive lineman Dan Satterthwaite, who was named first-team all-district in Division V and MSL-Cardinal Lineman of the Year.

Other key losses included Nate Webb (TE/LB, first-team all-league and all-district), Ryan Schofield (OL/DL, second-team all-league and all-district), Alex Minnillo (WR/DB, second-team all-league and special mention all-district) and Colin Ridgeway (LB, honorable mention all-district).

This offseason Peters has been working to get his team in shape for the 2011 season, both mentality and physically.

"We need to get stronger and develop some leadership, and we have done some of both," he said. "We have started to see leadership this summer and I think we're headed in the right direction."

Senior Oliver Rouch is expected to return at quarterback after completing 33 of 55 passes for 476 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 629 yards and six touchdowns on 72 carries and was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district as a defensive back.

"As a quarterback, I felt like I had a leadership role last year, but now this is our year as seniors," Rouch said. "We have high expectations of winning the league and going to the playoffs. We want to have one of the best seasons we have ever had at Grandview."

The Bobcats last made the postseason in 2005, when they finished 9-2 after losing to Lucasville Valley 21-14 in the opening round of the Division V playoffs.

Rouch said the team has spent the offseason working in the weight room and bonding during open workouts.

"We have been lifting three days a week and have some open fields a couple of times a week," he said. "We have been having 20 to 25 guys there for open fields. We will run some routes and play a pickup game and have some fun. That helps us to relax a little and build trust in each other."

Also expected to return is senior running back Jason Franks, who rushed for 925 yards and eight touchdowns on 163 carries last season and was second-team all-league and special mention all-district.

Peters said Franks and Rouch are taking on leadership roles along with senior two-way linemen Joe Anderson and Carter Jump and senior offensive lineman and linebacker Will Heydinger.

"We have been doing little things like talking to kids and putting them in roles so they can learn responsibility for themselves and their teammates," Peters said. "We tell them what we expect of them and what we need from them. Our seniors have really stepped it up in the offseason where last year's seniors left off and they want to take us to a new level."