Week 1 Preview

Grandview at Centennial


For the fourth consecutive season, the Grandview and Centennial high school football teams will open against each other.

Centennial won 20-7 last season, but Grandview won 42-20 in 2012 and 46-19 in 2011.

There should be a level of familiarity when the teams meet Friday, Aug. 29, at Centennial.

"We know what to expect from playing them the last three seasons," said Centennial coach Donte Goosby, whose team finished 4-6 last season. "They are disciplined, tough kids who are well-schooled in their roles and responsibilities. They will be ready to play."

The Bobcats also finished 4-6 last season, but they won their final two games, defeating Madison Plains 42-12 and Swanton 10-9.

Grandview has nine starters back on offense, including its entire offensive line of seniors Grant Varner, Jake Walters and Hank Wilson and juniors Thomas Stanley and Luke Treasure. Seniors Nick Maupin and Joe Pinney (723 yards, 99 carries, 4 touchdowns) return in the backfield, with junior Rhodes Jump (462 yards, 80 carries, 6 touchdowns) back at fullback.

"I think starting well would be huge for us," Grandview coach Jason Peters said. "We played a lot of young kids last year and we had some success at the end of the year. If we come out and can get momentum with a win and string together a couple more (victories), then we could enter the (MSL-Ohio Division schedule) on a strong note."

Centennial has only 24 players and Goosby said junior Cole Murray, a returning starter at safety and the Stars' long snapper, has an arm injury that will have him out indefinitely.

"We're very thin and we can't afford to lose anyone," Goosby said. "Murray is out, but other than that, we've been pretty healthy. Some knocks and bruises here and there, but nothing major."

The Stars return third-year starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson. The senior passed for more than 1,500 yards with 18 touchdowns and rushed for 340 yards and four scores last season.

"(Johnson) was pretty impressive last year and he has looked good from what we have seen," Peters said. "Offensively, they like to put their athletes in positions to make plays. Defensively, they don't do anything fancy, they just make plays."