The Licking Heights High School football team is 6-0 for the first time since 2007 after a dominating 34-7 victory at home over Grandview on Sept. 28.
The Hornets were out of sync on offense at times during the first half, but still took a 19-0 lead into the locker room in the MSL-Cardinal Division matchup.
“The thing we most need to work on is tempo,” said Licking Heights quarterback Taylor Curtiss, who gave the Hornets a 6-0 lead on a 32-yard option keeper around the left side during the first quarter.
Curtiss turned a broken play into another score during the second quarter after he collided with a running back 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The ball was knocked loose and lay untouched on the ground for a split second until Curtiss picked it up, darted around the right end, cut upfield and reached the end zone untouched to make it 12-0 with 7 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the first half.
“We actually try not to fumble the ball,” Curtiss said. “The rest was just instinct on my part.”
Grandview, which fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league, struggled to establish any rhythm in the opening half. Although quarterback Nick Schopis was 8-for-13 passing in the first two quarters and finished 23 of 39, the Bobcats were limited to five first downs, had a punt partially blocked and botched a backfield exchange that led to a fumble.
“I was proud of our defense,” Licking Heights coach Darren Waters said. “They kept their composure. Our offense wasn’t sharp in the first half, and we made a lot of mistakes. But the D shut them out.”
Late in the third quarter, Joe Pinney scored for Grandview on a 3-yard run to make it 19-7, but the Hornets' Ron Carruthers-Kimball returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards up the middle for a touchdown.
LH – Curtiss 32 run (kick failed)
LH – Curtiss 10 run (run failed)
LH – Carruthers-Kimball 2 run (Hall kick)
GV – Pinney 3 run (Ready kick)
LH – Carruthers-Kimball 85 kick return (Hall kick)
LH – Kelso 2 run (Curtiss pass to Langkamp)