The Grandview Heights High School football team did what it usually does, running the ball on 14 of its first 15 plays and scoring three touchdowns, en route to a 44-13 win over visiting Fisher Catholic on Friday, Oct. 14.
"I'm a lineman myself, and I take a lot of pride in our offensive line," said Grandview coach Jason Peters, whose team improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.
Senior running back Jason Franks was the main beneficiary of the Bobcats' physical front, scoring four touchdowns in the first half on runs of 22, 3, 43 and 42 yards.
"To say they create holes is an understatement," Franks said. "I think I've only been touched by a defensive lineman once this year. The first guy I see is usually a linebacker, and then it's my job to make him miss or to run him over."
The Grandview defense was just as effective in the first half, as Fisher Catholic did not get a first down until under 2 minutes remained in the second quarter and the score was 44-0.
The Irish went into the locker room at the break with just 11 yards rushing on eight carries, while quarterback Joe Delisio was 6-for-8 passing for 28 yards.
"We have to be much more aggressive on both sides of the football," said Irish coach Tony Hurps, whose team fell to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the league. "I think these kids have had such a tough go of it for so long they've lost that aggression that's necessary to be a competitive football team. But we'll keep working with them. I think we're heading in the right direction."
By the middle of the second quarter Grandview was playing back-ups on both offense and defense.
FISHER CATHOLIC 0 0 6 7 -- 13
GRANDVIEW 20 24 0 0 -- 44
G--Franks 22 run (Williams kick)
G--Franks 3 run (kick failed)
G--Franks 43 (Williams kick)
G--Rouch 31 pass to Jones (Williams kick)
G--Rouch 14 run (Williams kick)
G--Franks 42 run (Williams kick)
G--Williams 29 FG
FC--Schneider 19 run (kick failed)
FC--Schneider 37 run (Shonk kick)