Making adjustments is nothing new for Ready High School senior Cade Canter.
Now in his fourth season as a starting offensive lineman for the football team, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder is playing both ways for the first time because the Silver Knights needed his size and strength on the defensive line.
Deciding to even enroll at Ready as a freshman was among the biggest changes he had to make after previously being a student in South-Western City Schools and living a stone’s throw away from Grove City High School.
Making the decision easier was Canter would get a chance to follow in the footsteps of his father, Andy Canter, an all-state tight end who played under former Dawgs coach Brian Cross at Grove City before graduating in 1990.
Cross has been Ready’s coach since 2014.
“It was a really tough decision,” Canter said. “My mom (Vicki Canter) was actually a cheerleader coach at Grove City and my dad was (formerly an assistant) coach at Grove City. … I knew coach Cross was here my eighth-grade year and my dad knows coach Cross and played for coach Cross. I knew he wins a lot of games.”
Andy Canter, who went on to play for Ohio University and was in training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995, previously assisted under Cross and currently serves as the Knights’ offensive line coach.
Ready improved to 2-3 with a 35-7 win Sept. 21 over Liberty Union and plays Friday, Sept. 28, at Amanda-Clearcreek. The Aces lost to the Knights 28-0 last season but were 5-0 after beating Fairfield Union 45-6 on Sept. 21.
Amanda-Clearcreek represents Ready’s crossover game as an auxiliary member of the MSL. The Knights lost their first game against MSL-Ohio Division competition 17-16 to Grandview on Sept. 14.
As a tackle, Canter anchors an offensive line that helped the Knights average nearly 300 yards of offense through four games.
Ready then outgained Liberty Union 484-215, with Jack Foley rushing for 263 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.
“We’ve got a tough schedule ahead,” Canter said. “We’re making good progress. ”
Quarterback Austin Aiello completed 29 of 62 passes for 437 yards with four touchdowns through four games. Freshman Cole Canter, who is Cade’s brother, had attempted three passes in limited duty.
Cade Canter also had 21 tackles and two tackles for loss through four games at defensive end.
“This is his fourth year on the offensive line, and he’s really never played defense before, so we’re getting something out of him on defense that we really didn’t have anybody else to get it from,” Cross said. “He gives us some size. He’s a good leader. He’s one of our captains, and he’s our verbal leader, a kid who opens his mouth. He’s a starter on the basketball team and is just a really solid kid. He’s a hard-working student and probably is going to have a chance to play at the next level.”
Canter has been looking at Division II programs such as Malone, Urbana and Walsh as well as Football Championship Subdivision programs such as Dayton.
“This is my first year playing defense, and I’ve been filling in the shoes of (2018 graduate) Charles Omameh at end so I’m filling in big shoes,” Canter said. “It’s not been difficult to learn. Now I just have to watch (an opponent’s) offense more than their defense just because I’m not used to watching the other team’s offense. It’s fun for sure.”
Girls soccer team takes strides forward
Before playing Cristo Rey on Sept. 25, the girls soccer team was 3-3-2 overall with wins over London (2-1 on Aug. 30), Franklin Heights (7-0 on Sept. 11) and Tree of Life (5-2 on Sept. 17).
The Knights are 0-2 in the CCL heading into their game Thursday, Sept. 27, against Watterson at Otterbein.
Last season, Ready went just 3-13.
“Our coach (Chris Byrum) says we’re making good strides in our growth curve,” junior midfielder Lindsey Bair said. “Our midfield is pretty solid and a lot of our new players are athletic. Our coach does a lot of teaching and (our style is) more innovative.”
Through seven games, Bair had three goals and freshman forward Abigail Grundei had two goals and one assist. Freshman midfielder Allison Bair and sophomore midfielder/defender Ava Hurd both had two goals.
Sophomore Alyssa Sanders is a newcomer who has been the primary goalkeeper.
“This year I’m an upperclassman so how I’m playing is a lot more impactful,” Lindsey Bair said. “This year is more of a teaching role. We definitely just need to shoot the ball more. We’ll get it into the box, but we can’t finish yet. I think we’re definitely learning.”
Tennis team continues to make progress
The girls tennis team is preparing for the Division II postseason, which begins with a sectional Oct. 4 and 6.
Ready was 2-9 overall after beating Westland 4-1 on Sept. 19, with its first win coming 5-0 on Sept. 10 over Franklin Heights.
Junior Lindsay Dickerson has been playing first singles, with seniors Lucia Beickman and Eva Freeman, junior Emily Mathew and sophomore Claire Nagy seeing time at singles and doubles.
Through 10 matches, sophomore doubles player Jenna Ruth led the Knights with three victories.
Ready lost to Columbus School for Girls 5-0 on Sept. 18 to fall to 0-3 in the CCL. It closed the league schedule Sept. 25 at Watterson.
Coach Dan Skuce believes his team will have a chance to win Monday, Oct. 1, against Groveport in its regular-season finale.
“We’ve lost a couple that I thought we could have won,” Skuce said. “We lost 5-0 to Hartley, but they were all pretty close. Jenna Ruth has won three matches and as a senior, Lucia has actually played really well.”
Golfers open tourney action
The boys and girls golf teams began postseason action earlier this week.
On Sept. 25, the boys team competed in a Division III sectional at Darby Creek, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Denison Golf Club. The team champion and the top individual not on that team at district advance to state Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
On Sept. 24 in a Division II girls sectional at Blacklick Woods, senior Eva Grace shot 101 to tie for seventh and advance individually to the district tournament Monday, Oct. 1, at Darby Creek.
At district, the team champion and the top individual not on that team advance to the state tournament Oct. 12 and 13 on Ohio State’s Gray Course.
The girls were seventh (521) of nine teams at the sectional behind champion Bloom-Carroll (394) as sophomore Fionnuala Criswell-Carder shot 120, sophomore Clarissa Bachelder had a 121 and sophomore Gabrielle Phillips and freshman Lema Ahmed also competed.
Below are the coming schedules for the Ready cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 29 – Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Sept. 27 – At Williamsport Westfall
*Oct. 2 – Home vs. St. Charles
*Sept. 27 – Watterson at Otterbein
Oct. 3 – At Wellington
Sept. 27 – At Marion Pleasant
Oct. 1 – At Galion Northmor
Oct. 3 – At Utica