For the second consecutive season, the Grandview Heights High School football team has won its first three games.

For the second consecutive season, the Grandview Heights High School football team has won its first three games.

Now, the Bobcats hope to clear the fourth hurdle for the first time since 2011 by picking up a victory over host Columbus Academy on Friday, Sept. 18, to begin MSL-Ohio Division play.

The Vikings are 2-1 after losing to Newark Catholic 21-20 on Sept. 11.

Last season, Grandview tied Bexley and West Jefferson for second (4-2) in the MSL-Ohio behind Whitehall (5-1). Academy tied Madison Plains for fifth at 2-4.

"The league is really important for us," junior slotback Jordan Beight said. "We know the teams pretty well and what they like to do. We just have to keep fine-tuning the things we do."

The Vikings trailed Newark Catholic 21-0 before a second-half rally came up short.

Academy quarterback Nick Stringer injured his right knee on the first play of the fourth quarter and his replacement, Matt Watters, connected with Jerome Buckner for a 53-yard touchdown to close the Vikings to within 21-14.

Dorrian Moultrie blocked a punt and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth, but Sam Tuckerman missed the extra-point attempt and the Green Wave held on for the win.

Academy coach Robin Miller said Stringer would be re-evaluated this week.

"(The Vikings) have a lot of guys back with a lot of fast receivers and good skill guys," senior offensive lineman Luke Treasure said. "They also have (quarterbacks) who can throw the ball. We controlled the line of scrimmage last year (in a 33-21 win over Academy) and hope to be able to do that again this year."

The Vikings have surrendered only 7.0 points per game thanks to a pair of shutouts, a 33-0 win over Grove City Christian on Aug. 28 and a 23-0 win over Linden-McKinley on Sept. 4. They have scored 25.3 points per game.

Grandview has scored 36.7 points per game and has given up 15.3 per game.

"We know every team in the league is going to be a battle, and we have to win all of those games if we want to be conference champions," said senior Rhodes Jump, a linebacker and running back. "We have to come out with the same tough mentality if we are going to be able to do that."

The Bobcats rushed for 329 yards on 56 carries in a 34-26 win over North Union on Sept. 11.

Jump led the way with 93 yards on 22 carries. Beight added 80 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, and he also had a 94-yard kickoff return for a score.

Grandview has totaled 1,321 yards in three games, with 1,117 coming on the ground. Beight has 282 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, and Jump has 171 yards and two scores on 30 carries.

Quarterback Andrew Readey has rushed for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries and has completed 10 of 26 passes for 222 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

"The line has been doing well, and getting good pushes," Treasure said. "We have been pushing people the way that we need to do, and the backs are just putting their heads down and running well."