The football team opens Friday, Aug. 24, at Centennial.

The football team opens Friday, Aug. 24, at Centennial.

Last season, the Bobcats beat the Stars 46-19 in the opener to set the tone for the program's first unbeaten regular season since 1955 and a postseason berth.

The Stars are under the guidance of first-year coach Mark Shaffer, who had been an assistant for 22 seasons, including several at Centennial. He replaces Pat Sergio, who led the program to a 54-196 record in 25 seasons.

"They have a new head coach in about the first time in 25 years, so we have to look at their scrimmages to learn a little about them," said coach Jason Peters, whose team went 10-1 last season, losing to Ashland Crestview 45-29 in a Division V first-round playoff game. "We just need to try to get ourselves ready and avoid making the little mistakes that can hurt you, and also make sure to do the things we need to do in order to be successful."

Senior running back Payton Jones is the top returning offensive threat for Grandview after rushing for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season. He also had 12 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

"Everything stops with us (as seniors), so we have to be leaders and help out the younger kids," Jones said. "We have to push them because the better the first team is, the better that makes the second team and the team as a whole."