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."
Boys golfers to play
in Turnberry sectional
The boys golf team opens the postseason in a Division III sectional tournament Thursday, Sept. 28, at Turnberry.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Denison Golf Club at Granville. The top team at district and the top individual not on that team advance to state Oct. 13 and 14 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Last season, the Bobcats were second (353) behind Newark Catholic (338) in the sectional at Pine Hills. They then shot 347 to finish second at district at Apple Valley behind state-qualifier Newark Catholic (334).
In the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament Sept. 18 at Westchester, Grandview (352) was fourth behind Bexley (300), Academy (301) and Worthington Christian (317) and ahead of London (359).
Matt York led the Bobcats with an 80, followed by Aaron Cincione (83), Cameron Richards (89) and Luke Berlin (100).
In the final standings, Grandview was fourth (3-9) behind Academy (11-1), Bexley (10-2) and Worthington Christian (6-6) and ahead of London (0-12).
Girls golf team
The girls golf team opened the postseason in a Division II sectional tournament Sept. 25 at Blacklick Woods.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Monday, Oct. 2, at Darby Creek. The top team at district and the top individual not on that team advance to state Oct. 13 and 14 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Last season, the Bobcats missed qualifying for district as a team by one place, finishing fourth (428) behind Newark Catholic (353), Columbus School for Girls (371) and Bexley (422) in the Blacklick Woods sectional.
Jenna Richards shot a 97 to advance to district as an individual qualifier in the program's inaugural season. Richards finished 24th (107) of 36 competitors at district at Darby Creek.
Tennis team competes
in league tourney
The girls tennis team tied London for fifth in the MSL-Ohio tournament Sept. 23 at Academy.
The host Vikings (15 points) won, followed by Wellington (9), Bexley (5), Worthington Christian (4) and Grandview and London (both 1). Whitehall (0) was last.
Ava Rehback and Kayla Ward were 1-1 at first doubles to lead the Bobcats. Taylor Fultz (first singles), Liz McDermott (second singles), Martina Moncolova (third singles) and the second-doubles team of Emmy Davis and Lauren Leach all went 0-1.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, boys soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 30 -- Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Ready
Oct. 2 -- At Wellington
Sept. 28 -- At Grove City
Oct. 2 -- At Canal Winchester
Oct. 3 -- At Westland
*Sept. 28 -- At Whitehall. The Bobcats lost to the Rams 25-14, 27-25, 25-15 on Sept. 5.
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. London. The Bobcats lost to the Red Raiders 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 on Sept. 7.