Football Week 6 Recap
Grandview 46, Licking Heights 14
Bobcats stay undefeated with dominating win over Hornets
The Grandview Heights High School football team didn’t do anything fancy in a 46-14 win over visiting Licking Heights on Friday, Sept. 30.
The Bobcats’ first 18 plays on offense were on the ground, and the Hornets struggled to stop the run throughout the game as Grandview improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.
"We run the buck, the veer, the mid-line and the trap," senior quarterback Oliver Rouch said. "We pretty much ran the same four or five running plays all night long and it worked for us."
As dominant as Grandview Heights was in the first quarter while taking a 14-0 lead, Licking Heights looked almost as good in the second quarter, scoring on consecutive drives to tie the score at 14-all.
After Grandview missed a 32-yard field goal and Licking Heights turned the ball over on downs, the Bobcats’ Payton Jones returned a punt 20 yards to the Hornets’ 41. An additional 15 yards was tacked on to the end of the return for a horse-collar penalty, and junior Tyler Mosier ran 26 yards to put the Bobcats up 20-14 with 2 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Grandview then extended its lead to 26-14 just before halftime when Licking Heights quarterback Darius Strickland fumbled and defensive lineman Carter Jump picked up the loose ball and returned it 8 yards for a score.
After the Hornets fumbled the second-half kickoff and Grandview recovered, senior running back Jason Franks scored from 39 yards out on the next play as the Bobcats extended their advantage to 33-14.
Another fumble by Licking Heights — which dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the league — set up a 26-yard touchdown run by Mosier, as the Bobcats scored four touchdowns over a span of 5:29 in the second and third quarters.
Franks led the Bobcats with 189 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns. Rouch added 72 yards on 14 carries, and Mosier finished with 52 yards on his two touchdown runs.
"We're getting better as a football team," Grandview coach Jason Peters said. "We're not flashy, but we're physical. I've told the kids all year long that we're going to go toe-to-toe and nose-to-nose with every team we play. The trademark of our team is that we bring it for 48 minutes a night."
Licking Heights coach Darren Waters said his team made the same mistakes it’s been making all season.
“We knew they were going to run and our kids were in a position to make some plays on defense but they just missed the tackles. We've had a problem with missed tackles from Week 1.
“But the bottom line is, they outplayed us and they made big plays when the had to and we didn't."
LICKING HEIGHTS 0 14 0 0 -- 14
GRANDVIEW 14 12 20 0 -- 46
G--Rouch 1 run (Williams kick)
G--Franks 5 run (Williams kick)
LH--Dawson 4 run (Hall kick)
LH--Mitchell 8 run (Hall kick)
G--Mosier 26 run (kick failed)
G--Jump 8 fumble return (kick failed)
G--Franks 39 run (William kick)
G--Mosier 26 run (kick failed)
G--Franks 2 run (Williams kick)