The football team will look for its first win of the season Friday, Sept. 6, at Minford. The Falcons opened Aug. 30 with a 40-6 victory over Ironton Rock Hill.
The Bobcats opened Aug. 30 with a 20-7 loss to visiting Centennial.
Minford finished 8-3 overall last season, losing to Piketon 49-27 in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.
The Falcons have size up front in senior tackle Jared McCray (6-foot-6, 325 pounds), who has verbally committed to Louisville, and sophomore tackle Cain Madden (6-3, 325).
Senior Cody Stapleton starts at quarterback in Minford’s wing-T offense, with senior Austin Carter and Zach Justice as running backs.
McCray and Madden also anchor the line in the Falcons’ 4-2-5 defense.
“(The Falcons) are a big team, and they have had a lot of success over the past few years,” coach Jason Peters said of Minford, which has reached the postseason five of the past six seasons. “The big thing this week for us is to take care of the little things.”
Grandview’s only score against Centennial came on a 56-yard touchdown reception by senior tight end Tim Murphy from sophomore quarterback Andre Readey.
“Andre had a good throw to give Tim a chance to get the ball and make a play,” Peters said. “Andre was in because (starting quarterback) Nick (Schopis) banged up his shoulder, but (Schopis) is all right and should be back (this) week. It’s football, and those things can happen.
“We have a young team and had six off-side penalties and two more for delay of game. We’ll work on stopping those, but our kids really went out and played their butts off. As long as they continue doing that, we’ll coach the same way and work to get some things figured out.”