Football Week 1 Recap

Grandview 46, Centennial 19

Rushing attack leads Bobcats past Stars

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Grandview Heights' Oliver Rouch (7) motivates the team in the huddle before their game against Columbus Centennial at Grandview on Aug. 26.
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The Grandview Heights High School football team completed only two of four passes when it opened the season Friday, Aug. 26, against visiting Centennial.

The Bobcats didn't need to complete three.

Instead, they used an effective ground game to score on five consecutive possessions in the second and third quarters to win 46-19.

The balanced running attack featured senior quarterback Oliver Rouch (91 yards), senior running back Jason Franks (42 yards, two touchdowns), junior wideout Payton Jones (80 yards) and junior running back Tyler Mosier (54 yards).

Jones opened the scoring with 10 minutes 49 seconds left in the second quarter on an 8-yard run on a misdirection play -- a touchdown set up by a 34-yard run by Rouch that featured a 360-degree spin at the line of scrimmage.

"It was really the offensive line all night long," Rouch said. "We have five guys with a lot of experience. They all have at least one year as starters and they were opening some pretty big holes out there tonight."

Franks followed with a pair of 3-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter and Grandview held the Stars scoreless in the first half behind a strong performance from its defense.

"They were awfully fast," Bobcats coach Jason Peters said. "It took us awhile to adjust to that on both sides of the ball. But once we saw what they were doing and we started to take better angles and close down the edges, I thought we did a nice job."

After Mosier's 24-yard scoring run put Grandview ahead 25-0 in the third quarter, the Stars' Devanty Daugherty slipped a tackle and ran 62 yards down the left sideline before being chased down from behind and knocked out at the 1-yard-line.

"I thought that play showed what our football team is all about," Peters said. "The kids could have easily given up on that play and just given them a touchdown. But they didn't and then we stopped them five times in a row from the 1. We just don't quit, ever."

Centennial finally scored, aided by a pair of penalties by Grandview, on a 3-yard run by quarterback Joel Waits.

Centennial coach Pat Sergio was disappointed with his team's performance.

"We had a nice drive at the beginning of the game but then we just stopped blocking," he said. "We have only one returning starter on the offensive line and four new guys. We have to get them excited to block on every down."

Extra points were an adventure the entire game, as the teams combined to botch five of them. After Grandview kicker Dakota Williams made his first extra point -- he had missed two -- holder Oliver Rouch lifted the kicker into the air.

"This is Dakota's first year on the team," Rouch said. "He was a little nervous. He's a pretty good soccer player but he hadn't kicked for us before. He's just one of those kids everybody in school likes. We were pretty happy for him."

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CENTENNIAL 0 0 6 13 -- 19

GRANDVIEW 0 19 20 7 -- 46

G--Jones 8 run (kicked failed)

G--Franks 3 run (kick failed)

G--Franks 3 run (Williams kick)

G--Mosier 24 run (kick failed)

C--Waits 3 run (kick failed)

G--Schopis 3 run (Williams kick)

G--Rouch 7 run (Williams kick)

G--Broderick 1 run (Williams kick)

C-Cofer-Wilson 15 pass from Johnson (Fall kick)

C--Smith 73 pass from Johnson (kick failed)

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