The Ready High School football team entered the season believing one of its biggest strengths would be its offensive line.
During their 49-13 victory over Lakewood on Sept. 1, the Silver Knights received evidence that backs up that assertion.
With junior quarterback Austin Aiello and sophomore running back Jack Foley both putting together strong rushing performances against the Lancers, Ready has a base to build on as it continues its schedule as an auxiliary member of the MSL-Ohio Division.
The Knights visit Grandview on Friday, Sept. 15, but will be considered the home team.
“Our offensive line blocked very well (against Lakewood),” coach Brian Cross said. “It was really the whole line that played very well. In the first half we had a short field to work with a couple times and cashed in.”
Seniors Anthony Baum, Lance Gallion and Ryan Spoon and junior Cade Canter are key returnees on the line, while senior Kyle Choulat has been the other starter.
Ready opened with a 31-0 loss Aug. 25 to Columbus Academy before bouncing back against Lakewood. It then beat Centerburg 27-6 on Sept. 8.
Grandview opened with wins over Centennial (30-28 on Aug. 25) and Africentric (44-14 on Sept. 1) before losing to North Union 35-14 on Sept. 8.
The Bobcats will be tasked with slowing down Ready’s ground game. Foley rushed 27 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns against Lakewood, and Aiello had 69 yards and one score on six carries.
Against Centerburg, Foley rushed for 89 yards and one touchdown and Aiello passed for 121 yards and one score.
Grandview senior James Lachey, who has committed to Bowling Green as a tight end, rushed 13 times for 119 yards and four touchdowns against Africentric. Junior Harrison Morosky added 104 yards on 12 carries, and sophomore quarterback Kyle Casey threw a touchdown pass.
Although Ready last played Grandview in 1996 with the Knights winning 32-13, Cross and the Bobcats’ defensive coordinator, former Gahanna, Whitehall and Grove City coach Mike Lanza, have gone against one another in the past.
“Obviously (Grandview’s) staff has been doing a great job,” Cross said. “They’re going to be a handful.”