It was only one game, but Hallie Georskey had seen enough.
Attending her first football game as a Grandview Heights High School freshman, Georskey knew she could do a better job kicking than any of the Bobcats, and she informed coach Jason Peters of that fact the following Monday.
"I went to the first football game (a 40-0 win over Centennial) and they missed some extra points," said Georskey, a 5-foot-2, 130-pound junior. "I realized it's not very much different than a shot over the soccer goal, and I do that all of the time. My (soccer) team used to make fun of me because I always would belt it over the goal, which is right through the uprights.
"I went to Mr. Peters and said, 'You need a kicker and I do that all the time in soccer.' He told me, 'Come out and put your money where your mouth is.' He was impressed, and he let me come on to play."
Georskey is one of a handful of girls playing on central Ohio football rosters this fall. Others include a pair of kickers in junior Delaney Siniff of Olentangy Berlin and sophomore Maggie Moc of Westerville North as well as Georskey's teammate, Millie McNamara. The 5-3, 120-pound sophomore is the third-string quarterback for the Bobcats and plays defensive back.
"I've been playing since the fifth grade with the youth league," McNamara said. "I grew up playing soccer, but my dad's Australian and he wanted me to play rugby. We don't have a lot of that around here.
"Football was the closest thing my dad could find (to rugby). He made me go to one practice and I really enjoyed it. It's thrilling. Soccer is fun and all, but nothing gives you the thrill like hitting someone."
Georskey might not agree with that. Last season in a 35-14 loss to North Union, she was injured on a kickoff while trying to make the tackle as the last line of defense.
"I was supposed to onside kick the ball and they had a guy run around the back of his teammates and he made it to the other side (of the field)," said Georskey, who is 21-for-23 on extra points this season but has missed both of her field-goal attempts. "I didn't know anyone else was behind me and I didn't want him to score, so I tried to tackle him. When we played North Union as a freshman, they scored on the opening kickoff, and I didn't want that to happen again.
"Coach Peters didn't want me to get injured for my soccer season, so I don't do kickoffs anymore. He's pretty good about it, letting me have soccer first."
Peters was happy that Georskey stepped forward to be the kicker.
"Hallie is a competitor and that's the biggest thing," he said. "She saw we needed a kicker, and she thought she would help us fill that need. She has been able to help us out in that area."
As a freshman, Georskey was 9-for-11 on extra points and made a 25-yard field goal in a 29-7 win over West Jefferson. Last fall, she was 12-for-12 on extra points before her injury in the fourth week.
On the soccer field, Georskey is one of the top defenders in central Ohio from her center-midfielder spot.
"(Kicking a football) actually hurts me for soccer because we're kicking off the ground and in football we have a tee," she said. "Now I tend to hit the soccer hall higher so it's more of a line drive than getting it up in the air."
Girls soccer coach Mike Merna has learned to embrace Georskey's split roles.
"We had an agreement that if she kicked off, she wouldn't tackle and the problem with that is that anyone who is a competitor is going to try to make the tackle," Merna said. "Hallie's definitely a competitor.
"It's not that she's a girl, she's just not big when you put her on a football field. Unfortunately (the injury) happened but with her kicking extra points, it's better."
Georskey said the opposing players treat her with respect. It's off the field where that can be more difficult.
"I had a couple people ask me if I actually play and if I actually ride the bus with the boys, and if I actually wear pads and a helmet and run out on the field," she said. "Yeah, I do those things. On the field, everyone is good with it.
"I normally change (into my uniform) in our trainer's room when we're at home. My freshman year, our athletics director (Brad Bertani) would call the school and asked for a place to change and a couple of schools didn't have that for me. I would just go change in a regular women's bathroom. This year and last year, they have been good."
The Bobcats improved to 5-0 by winning their MSL-Ohio Division opener 35-13 at Bexley on Sept. 21. Georskey made all five of her extra-point attempts.
"I think I'm more used to kicking a soccer ball, but I'm used to (the football) now," she said. "In football, I have to rely on my snapper, Trey Cook, and holder, Sam Speaks, who both do a great job. Sam is good at getting the ball down for me."
Grandview faces a tough challenge Friday, Sept. 28, at home against Whitehall. The Rams improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MSL-Ohio by defeating Columbus Academy 37-23 on Sept. 20.
Quarterback Raymell Byrd led the Rams with 446 all-purpose yards, including 247 rushing and three touchdowns on 27 carries.
Georskey is glad that she tried out for the team.
"It's fun and I can be a part of Friday nights," she said. "I struggle just watching the game. I like to be a part of it, and this way I can.
"I had a lot of the boys say they didn't like me (playing) as a freshman and in the beginning of my sophomore year. They said I grew on them and now all of them tell me they love me, and that's fantastic."
Golfers begin postseason play
Senior Aaron Cincione tees off in a Division III boys golf sectional tournament Thursday, Sept. 27, at Turnberry while junior Jenna Richards began her postseason journey earlier in the week.
Richards competed in a Division II girls sectional Sept. 24 at Blacklick Woods. The top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Monday, Oct. 1, at Darby Creek, where the top team and top individual not on that team advance to state Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Richards shot a 91 in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament Sept. 18 at Airport.
"I thought I started pretty well, going even-par through five holes," she said. "I played well enough, but I wish I had been better on the back nine."
From Turnberry, the top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Denison Golf Club. From there, the top team and top individual not on that team advance to state Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
Cincione shot an 80 in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament Sept. 18 at Denison Golf Club.
Soccer teams sweep Bexley to stay in hunt
The boys and girls soccer teams both defeated Bexley on Sept. 20 to stay in contention in the MSL-Ohio.
Zoey Miller scored as the girls beat the Lions 1-0 for their sixth consecutive win. Goalkeeper Ruby Gentile had four saves for the Bobcats, who were 6-2-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the league before playing Wellington on Sept. 26.
Heading into Sept. 26, Grandview led the league, ahead of Worthington Christian at 3-0-2.
Manny Day scored three times as the boys defeated Bexley 5-3. Goalie Lance Trares had eight saves.
The Bobcats were 6-2-2 overall before playing Cristo Rey on Sept. 25. They are 1-1-1 in the five-team league with only a home game Oct. 3 against Academy remaining.
Before Sept. 26 in the league, Whitehall was first at 1-0-2.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 29 -- Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Central Crossing
Sept. 29 -- At Cincinnati Summit Country Day
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
Sept. 29 -- At Columbus School for Girls
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Londonville
*Oct. 3 -- At Academy
Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester
Oct. 1 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
Oct. 3 -- At Westland
*Sept. 27 -- At Worthington Christian. The Bobcats lost to the Warriors 25-18, 25-18, 25-13 on Aug. 23.
Sept. 29 -- Home vs. CSG
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Bexley. The Bobcats lost to the Lions 25-18, 25-15, 25-11 on Aug. 30.