One look at the scoreboard and it might seem as though the Grandview Heights High School football team was blown away by host Licking Heights on Sept. 28. But coach Jason Peters didn't see it that way even though the Bobcats lost 34-7.
Peters saw his Division V team scratching and clawing against a larger and faster Division II team, and the major difference being unforced mistakes by the Bobcats.
"The score was no indication as to how the game went. It was much closer than the score," said Peters, whose team is 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the MSL-Cardinal Division entering its home game against Berne Union on Friday, Oct. 5. "Our kids played hard, but we have to clean up our mistakes. We made too many controllable mistakes, whether it be a missed block or a missed assignment. These are things that we can change that will make us better."
Berne Union fell to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the MSL-Cardinal by losing to Liberty Union 48-0 on Sept. 28. The Rockets lost non-league games to Grove City Christian (61-24 on Aug. 24), Bexley (30-0 on Aug. 31) and Nelsonville-York (62-21 on Sept. 7) before losing league games to Fisher Catholic (35-26 on Sept. 14) and Harvest Prep (62-27 on Sept. 21).
"They run the option, which means we have to play assignment football defensively," said Peters, whose team beat Berne Union 29-12 last season. "It takes discipline and all of the missed tackles and assignments we had (against Licking Heights) will have to be fixed."
The defensive coordinator for the Rockets is Eric Wolfe, who spent the past two seasons at Grandview.
"(Wolfe) got a coaching and teaching job down there, which is good for him," Peters said. "They will run a 4-4 (defensive alignment) or a 4-2-5, the same as Licking Heights."
Against the Hornets, Joe Pinney had a 4-yard touchdown run for the only Grandview score.
Cincione qualifies for district in golf
Senior Adam Cincione shot a 78 in the Division III boys golf sectional Sept. 25 at Darby Creek to qualify as an individual for district Oct. 2 at Cumberland Trail.
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team at district advanced to state Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
"It means a lot (to qualify for district) because it's my last year of high school golf," said Cincione, who qualified for district for the first time. "I was driving the ball really well and I was able to makes my putts as well."
Coach Kevin Richards said Cincione played well enough to overcome some mistakes.
"He got off the tee incredibly ... he killed the ball off of the tee," Richards said. "The other three kids (he was playing with) outdrove him on the first hole, but then he started hitting the ball farther than they were and he was staying in the fairway. He had two three-putts and double-bogeyed the 18th, but played well overall."
Columbus Academy (305) and Wellington (307) qualified for district while Grandview (357) finished third of 12 teams at sectional.
Jeg Coughlin III (75) of Village Academy was the other individual qualifier to district.
After Cincione, junior Ben McCullough shot an 88 for the Bobcats, followed by junior A.J. Pinyerd (94), senior Kyle Modlich (97) and freshman Jake Bush (104).
"I was ecstatic about shooting a 357," Richards said. "We had to quickly switch around our lineup because Keenan Burson was sick and didn't know that he couldn't play until about 7:30 (a.m. Sept. 25). Jake was at school and came out to the course and stepped in. It was a good experience for him as a freshman."
Cincione had a 40 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine.
"It was windy, but it seemed I was playing on the side of the course with woods when it was blowing the hardest and that kind of blocked the wind gusts," Cincione said. "I think that helped a lot."