The season has been a learning process for the Grandview Heights High School football team.
The Bobcats are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division entering a Friday, Oct. 4, game at London.
"We're young, and we're getting better every week," coach Jason Peters said. "We have to keep taking those steps every week."
Peters said one of the players taking those steps is senior quarterback Nick Schopis, who has completed 37 of 82 passes for 417 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions.
"Nick is getting better every week and he's learning to manage the game much better," said Peters, whose team lost a league game to Columbus Academy 38-7 on Sept. 27. "He is doing a good job of running the offense and doing the little things he needs to do."
His primary target has been senior tight end Tim Murphy, who has 13 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Joe Pinney has nine receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown and senior running back Phil Readey has six catches for 42 yards.
Readey leads the team in rushing with 175 yards and one touchdown on 47 carries, and Pinney has 160 yards and one score on 32 carries. Sophomore running back Rhodes Jump has 101 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, junior running back Nick Maupin has rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries and sophomore running back Glen Cheney has 43 yards on four attempts.
Opening holes for the backs are senior Sam Callison and junior Grant Varner at tackle, sophomores Thomas Stanley and Joe Treasure at guard and junior Leo Readey at center.
"We're inexperienced, but not necessarily young on the offensive line with a lot of upperclassmen. But they didn't have a lot of experience coming into the season," Peters said. "Our pass protection has been really good and our offensive line had its best game of the year (against Academy). We had two 15-play drives, which is great.
"We've made monumental strides (as a team). We had lot of question marks coming into the season and the kids are getting better and better."
The Bobcats will play London for the first time since 1993, a 41-6 London win. The Red Raiders hold a 9-2 edge in the series.
The teams first played in 1968, and Grandview won 28-6. The Bobcats' other victory was 13-6 in 1984.
"London is an old-school kind of football team," Peters said. "They load up the box to stop the run and make you try to beat them by throwing the ball."
Golf team falls short at sectional
The boys golf team shot a 373 and finished fourth in a 12-team Division III sectional Sept. 24 at Darby Creek.
The Bobcats tied Ready for third, but had a higher fifth-player score than the Silver Knights. Academy (312) and Wellington (318) advanced to district.
Senior Ben McCullough shot an 85 to lead Grandview, followed by senior Jacob Hamilton (92), senior A.J. Pinyerd (97), sophomore Tommy Damschroder (99) and sophomore Jake Bush (103).
Danville's Brayden Bald-ridge and Village Academy's Jeg Coughlin both shot 74 to advance as individual qualifiers.
"We shot about where I thought that we would," said coach Kevin Richards, who completed his sixth season. "I thought we would be around 370 and we had a 373."
In the MSL-Ohio, the Bobcats finished fifth (6-12) behind Academy (17-1), Bexley (14-4), Worthington Christian (13-5) and London (10-8) and ahead of Madison Plains (3-15) and West Jefferson (0-18). McCullough was second-team all-league and Bush was honorable mention.
On Sept. 23 in a Division II girls sectional at Blacklick Woods, sophomore Mary Emma MacLeod shot a 125. The Academy duo of Chloe Bradburn (85) and Allison Wallace (91) advanced as individuals.
"Mary Emma played j.v. for (the boys program) and I asked her if she wanted to compete in the girls postseason," Richards said. "She was pleased with the way she played. I'm always more interested in how many good holes that a player has than the bad ones. Those holes can inflate the score and isn't always a good indication of how they played."
Girls tennis team to play at CSG
The girls tennis team was 8-6 overall before playing Eastmoor Academy on Oct. 1.
The Bobcats play in a Division II sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5 at CSG, with the top four finishers in singles and doubles advancing to district Oct. 11 and 12 at CSG.
At sectional, senior Kiley Kinnard is seeded third in singles and opens against the winner of a play-in match between Eastmoor's Alize Anderson and Village Academy's Erica Smith.
Senior Ellie MacLeod opens against CSG's Alexandra Verzella. Junior Emily Lolli has a play-in match against Linden-McKinley's Jamia Evans, with the winner facing fourth-seeded Maddie Tjoelker of Worthington Christian.
In doubles, seniors Sierra Dobbs-Brown and Cathleen Gleason open against Eastmoor's Darryl Daniels and Destiny Wooten. Seniors Brooke Berning and Hannah Jones play Worthington Christian's Grace Harper and Brooke Hockenberry.
In the MSL-Ohio tournament Sept. 28, Grandview finished fourth behind champion and host Academy.
Kinnard, who was first-team all-league, finished second in first singles, losing to Academy's Andrea Ballinger 10-2 in the final.
MacLeod was honorable mention all-league.
Bobcats compete in London race
The boys cross country team finished second (33) in the three-team Division III race of the Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic on Sept. 28 at London Country Club, behind Academy (27) and ahead of Grove City Christian (75).
The girls finished third (49) of three teams in the Division III race behind Academy (35) and CSG (36).
Senior Luke Evans won the boys race in 16 minutes, 35.74 seconds. He was followed by junior Eli Reed (second, 17:17.59), junior Peter Mathes (sixth, 19:03.64), junior Owen McCormick (11th, 20:24.1), freshman Ben Rehbeck (13th, 20:33.98), junior Josh Clark (15th, 20:59.65) and junior John Faris (16th, 21:06).
Junior Ali Lachey was third (20:31.31) in the girls race, followed by junior Madison Osborne (ninth, 21:25.89), senior Halli Bair (10th, 21:35.5), junior Emma Hecker (12th, 21:50.08), junior Emma Mihocik (14th, 22:09.95), sophomore Emma Wheeler (17th, 23:03.1) and freshman Emma Amurgis (21st, 26:33.47).
Volleyball team picks up two wins
The girls volleyball team was 5-9 overall and 3-6 in the MSL-Ohio before playing West Jefferson on Oct. 1.
The Bobcats defeated Madison Plains 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16 on Sept. 24 in a league match.
"We were able to take advantage of timely blocking by our two (junior) middle blockers, Mary Guida and Allison Voelker, and aggressive serving by (sophomore defensive specialist) Julia Muccio," coach Ed Hine said.
On Sept. 26, the Bobcats lost a league match to London 25-15, 25-20, 25-20. They then went 1-2 in the Sherril Appelfeller Classic on Sept. 28 at Marion Elgin.
Goalie scores twice in boys soccer win
The boys soccer team was 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Academy on Oct. 1.
Senior goalkeeper Josh Keller stepped away from the net and scored two goals in an 8-0 win over Grove City Christian on Sept. 26 in an MSL-Ohio game. Sophomore midfielder Callum McNamara scored twice and senior midfielder Alex Haase, senior defender Avery Hanscel, junior forward Colin Jourdan and junior forward Ryan McHugh all scored once. Sophomore goalie Jannick Hiltrop had two saves.
Girls team enters week with 11 shutouts
The girls soccer team was 10-1-1 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Academy on Oct. 1.
Sophomore Izzy Esber had been in goal for the Bobcats' 11 shutouts entering the week. She had seven saves in a scoreless tie with Fairbanks on Sept. 24 and two saves in a 5-0 win over Tree of Life on Sept. 26.
Junior midfielder Emily Burns and freshman midfielder Maria Claypool both scored twice against Tree of Life and senior defender Laura Satterthwaite also had one goal.