Oliver Rouch might have thought he was sitting at home playing video games with his friends, but he was smack in the middle of Anderson Field.
The senior quarterback for the Grandview Heights High School football team said the Bobcats called the same play on 10 consecutive plays during the third quarter of their 24-0 shutout of visiting Whitehall on Friday, Sept. 9. But that's exactly how a veer offense is supposed to work.
"The linemen were shaking their heads, laughing, because I came into the huddle and told them we were doing the same thing, running the same play," said Rouch, who rushed for 143 yards on 18 carries with a 2-yard touchdown. "But it was working, so we kept on using it. When we execute right, it works all day."
Whitehall was geared to stop the run after the Bobcats rushed for 141 yards on 32 carries in the first half. The Rams featured eight-, nine- and 10-man fronts, but Grandview was able to make the appropriate adjustments.
"We would send (three receivers) to one side and the defense would shade that way," said Rouch, whose team improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2004. "Then I would go the other way, faking the ball to (running back) Jason (Franks) and the lane was wide open. It was like were were playing Madden (NFL) or (College) Gameday (video games). It was so much fun."
The Grandview defense stole the show from an offense that had 324 yards rushing. The Rams (2-1) were limited to zero yards rushing on 15 attempts in the first half, with only one first down. They finished with 12 yards rushing, 85 total yards and four first downs.
"They played a tough aggressive 4-3 defense, and they were flying to the ball," Whitehall coach Greg Lahr said. "We couldn't do much."
Franks rushed for 138 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. The senior running back opened the scoring with a 2-yard run with 17.9 seconds left in the first quarter.
Grandview defensive lineman Carter Jump recovered a Whitehall fumble on the third play of the second quarter at the Rams' 40-yard line to set up a 32-yard field goal by Dakota Williams with 6:51 to play in the half and a 10-0 edge.
"It just kind of popped out of the guy's hands, and I was there to get it," said Jump, who also had a sack. "Our defensive line was dominant all night and our linebackers did great job behind us."
In the second half, Rouch had a 2-yard run in the third quarter and Franks added a 20-yarder in the fourth.
Isaiah Turner led Whitehall with 12 yards in three carries. Quarterback Cody Koons was 9-for-20 passing for 73 yards and was intercepted by Nick Schopis.
"The offense played well and the defense had a shutout, but the important thing is that we got a win," Grandview coach Jason Peters said. "We made mistakes (two fumbles, eight penalties for 75 yards), but that will give us something to work on this week.
WHITEHALL 0 0 0 0 -- 0
GRANDVIEW 7 3 7 7 -- 24
G--Franks 2 run (Williams kick)
G--Williams FG 32
G--Rouch 2 run (Williams kick)
G--Franks 20 run (Williams kick)