Bobcats (3-6) Bulldogs (2-7)
What a difference a week -- or two -- can make.
After being shut out in consecutive weeks, the Grandview Heights High School football team took out its frustrations on Madison Plains.
The Bobcats totaled 533 yards, including 356 rushing, in a 41-12 win over the host Golden Eagles in an MSL-Ohio Division game Oct. 25.
Grandview, which improved to 3-6 overall, plays its sea-son finale Friday, Nov. 1, at Swanton.
"I think going though the tough losses we had in the previous couple of weeks brought us closer and everything started to click," senior running back and defensive lineman Phil Readey said of a 36-0 loss to Whitehall on Oct. 11 and a 50-0 loss to West Jefferson on Oct. 18. "We have had a rough past couple of games, so it felt good to get this one under our belts. It felt good to bounce back like that."
Joe Pinney rushed for 215 yards on 19 carries, and the junior running back also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Andre Readey. Sophomore running back Rhodes Jump ran for 103 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nick Schopis.
Schopis rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and threw for 112 yards, including a second touchdown of 53 yards to senior tight end Tim Murphy.
"In practice last week, we really started to communicate well," senior offensive lineman Sam Callison said. "(Madison Plains' defense) had two players outside the guards instead of someone over the center and that gave us something different to work on. That made communication that much more important and I think that helped us."
Freshman defensive back Joey Landusky also returned an interception 17 yards for a score.
The Bobcats will travel to northwest Ohio to play Swanton, which fell to 2-7 after losing to Bryan 63-0 on Oct. 25.
"We watched some film on (the Bulldogs) and they look like they are big, but we can handle them up front," Callison said.