With an offseason shuffle of teams, the MSL-Ohio Division football schedule has some irregularities.

The Grandview Heights High School team experiences one of those Friday, Sept. 29, when it visits Whitehall.

West Jefferson and Madison Plains left the league for the Ohio Heritage Conference, and Liberty Union was moved from the MSL-Buckeye to the MSL-Ohio for football only.

Most of the time, teams play home-and-home series in league play, but the Bobcats will return to Whitehall after losing to the Rams 14-7 last season on a muddy, rain-soaked field that had treacherous footing.

Coach Jason Peters said it doesn't matter where the game is played, because Whitehall always is a handful for the Bobcats.

"They are always athletic and (coach) Rod (Lightfoot) has done a great job of instilling discipline in the program," said Peters, whose team is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the MSL-Ohio. "They are headed in the right direction and play well as a team."

The Rams are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Columbus Academy 31-14 on Sept. 22. They had 361 total yards compared to 227 for Academy, but lost the turnover battle 2-1.

"(The Rams) have lost three games, but they lost to three quality football teams," Peters said. "Their record is no indication of how good they are."

Quarterback Raymell Byrd rushed for 120 yards on 21 carries and also was 12-for-29 passing for 199 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against Academy. O.C. Wellman caught six passes for 128 yards and one touchdown, and Rasheed Muhammad also scored on a 5-yard run.

"They are a fast football team so we have to shut down their backs," senior linebacker Luke Sterneker said. "The key will be stopping their run."

The Bobcats snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Bexley 49-0 on Sept. 22 to open league play.

James Lachey rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, and Kyle Casey was 4-for-5 passing for 65 yards with a 34-yard touchdown to Bryce Stanley. Harrison Morosky had a 3-yard rushing touchdown and Alex Sterneker scored on a 2-yard run.

Luke Lachey had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Charlie James had an interception.

"We got to show what we were really made of and played together as a family," Luke Sterneker said. "We learned what we were able to do by playing together."

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