Breon Backus understood the importance of continuing the streak for the Grandview Heights High School boys soccer team.

Breon Backus understood the importance of continuing the streak for the Grandview Heights High School boys soccer team.

The senior forward scored the opening goal Oct. 29 as the fifth-seeded Bobcats won their third consecutive Division III district title by defeating top-seeded Worthington Christian 2-1 at Olentangy Orange.

"I was talking to some guys who had graduated after the game, and they said how important the streak was and how they wanted us to keep it alive," said Backus, whose team was 11-4-4 before playing Wellington in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Hilliard Bradley. "It's awesome to keep the streak going."

The Grandview-Wellington winner plays South Webster or Zanesville Rosecrans in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 5, at a site to be announced. South Webster was 19-0-1 before its regional semifinal.

Rosecrans, which was 12-4-4 before playing South Webster on Nov. 2, faced the Bobcats in regional finals each of the past two seasons. Grandview won 2-1 in a shootout in 2014 and the Bishops won 5-1 last season.

"I feel like as a team that we have stepped our intensity up in practice and we have a lot more confidence in ourselves," junior midfielder Wes Ryan said. "That has helped with our chemistry and we understand everyone more.

"Winning three (district titles) in a row is really impressive for a public school. We have really stepped it up and it's great to be a part of that."

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal against top-ranked Cincinnati Summit Country Day, third-ranked St. Bernard Roger Bacon, Troy Christian or Yellow Springs on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at a site to be announced.

The state final is Nov. 13 at Mapfre Stadium.

"We're peaking at the right time," coach James Gerdes said. "The team has been gradually buying into our new system and it has taken until now for everyone to get it. Earlier there was some confusion, but now it's really coming along. Everyone is on board."

The Bobcats, who lost to fourth-ranked Worthington Christian 2-0 on Sept. 21, rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win the district final. Ryan scored the second goal and goalkeeper Jake Kelley had three saves.

"We knew Worthington Christian wouldn't be easy and they could potentially end our season," Backus said. "We really pulled together for each other. We didn't want that to be our last game. We know we have a lot of potential and we needed to go out and give 150 percent."

Backus had two goals and Ryan added another as Grandview defeated fourth-seeded Grove City Christian 3-0 on Oct. 26 in a district semifinal. Kelley had three saves.

Miller qualifies for state in cross country

Freshman Chris Miller of the boys cross country team finished 16th (17 minutes, 13.79 seconds) in the Division III regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North to qualify for state Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway.

The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced.

Mount Gilead's Austin Hallabrin (16:19.3) won, and Caldwell's Jacob Niswonger finished 20th (17:22.76).

The Bobcats finished ninth (268 points) of 17 teams behind state-qualifiers Leesburg Fairfield (71), Mount Gilead (99), Caldwell (105), Columbus Academy (123) and Ironton Rock Hill (139).

Also competing at district were Liam Kerr (42nd, 17:50.66), Gavin Van Horn (71st, 18:27.53), Andrew Bergmann (88th, 18:49.19), Quinn Tillett (102nd, 19:14.12), Cameron Hunter (108th, 19:22.73) and Iain McCormick (115th, 19:43.74).

The girls team did not have any runners at regional.

Football team falls short of playoff berth

The football team fell short of its third consecutive playoff berth after losing at Bexley 28-6 on Oct. 28 in an MSL-Ohio Division game.

The Bobcats finished 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the league, fourth behind champion Bexley (6-0). They finished 12th in the Division VI, Region 23 computer ratings. The top eight teams qualified for the playoffs.

Against the Lions, Bryce Stanley had a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead.

Jordan Beight rushed for 78 yards on nine carries and had two receptions for 21 yards. Stanley had 48 yards rushing on 10 carries, and Hunter Holland had two catches for 14 yards.

Quarterback Joey Landusky ran for 47 yards on 20 carries and was 5-for-11 passing for 36 yards with two interceptions.

Defensively, Matt Smith had 11 tackles and two sacks. Brandon Spaulding also had two sacks.

Girls soccer team falls to Academy

The girls soccer team had its season end Oct. 25 against third-seeded Academy in a Division III district semifinal.

The second-seeded Bobcats finished 12-3-3 after playing the Vikings to a scoreless tie through two overtimes before losing 5-4 in a shootout.

The teams were tied at 3 after five shootout attempts. Amelia Hatem, Kirsten Lower and Lizzy Van Deusen all scored for Grandview.

Hallie Georskey scored in the second sudden-victory shootout as the Bobcats went 1-for-3 and Academy made two of its three attempts.

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