One thing pleased coach Jason Peters about the Grandview Heights High School football team’s 30-28 season-opening win Aug. 25 over visiting Centennial: Getting the victory.
The Bobcats hope to continue that trend Friday, Sept. 1, when they play at Africentric. The Nubians lost at Bainbridge Paint Valley 21-6 in their opener Aug. 25.
“I’d rather have an ugly win than a pretty loss, if there is such a thing,” Peters said. “We’re 1-0 right now, and that’s the important thing. Now we work to get better so we can try for 2-0.”
The Bobcats defeated Africentric 41-26 last season, but the Nubians have a new coach in Clarence Daniels Jr., who spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at Walnut Ridge.
To best utilize their two-way players, the Nubians feature multiple schemes on offense and defense.
“They have a new coach and new systems, so we’re not exactly sure what we’re going to see,” Peters said. “We know they are going to have good athletes who will challenge us.”
Grandview was tied with Centennial at 28 when the Stars snapped the ball over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for a safety with 4 minutes to play.
“We threw the ball well in spots and we ran the ball well in spots, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Peters said. “We had some players get dinged up and some young kids step up. We had a lot of young kids out there playing for the first time and they got some varsity experience.”
Hudson Jump led the Bobcats with 71 yards rushing and one touchdown on 12 carries. James Lachey added 48 yards rushing and one touchdown on nine carries and two receptions for 61 yards.
Kyle Casey was 9-for-11 passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns to Luke Lachey, who caught five passes of 82 yards.
“We learned that we can’t just go out there and take the field and win,” Luke Lachey said. “We have to come out with the mentality of being ready to play no matter who we play.”
James Lachey led the defense with eight tackles, including two for loss, and one sack. Another lineman, Brandon Spaulding, had seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, and linebacker Luke Sterneker had six tackles and a fumble recovery.
lead boys soccer team
Ten seniors are leading the boys soccer team’s quest for a fourth consecutive Division III district championship.
During their freshman season, the Bobcats defeated Columbus Academy 1-0 in two overtimes in a district final and won the program’s only regional championship by defeating Zanesville Rosecrans 2-1 (7-6 shootout). They lost to Mansfield Christian 4-3 in overtime in the state final.
Grandview reached a regional final the past two seasons, losing to Rosecrans 5-1 in 2015 and 2-1 last year.
Worthington Christian was the opponent in the district final the past two seasons. The Bobcats won 2-1 in two overtimes in 2015 and 2-1 last year.
Despite that success, second-year coach James Gerdes said his team may feel pressure to repeat.
“Part of having success is dealing with the added pressure,” said Gerdes, whose team finished 12-5-4 overall last season and tied Bexley for second (5-2) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind Worthington Christian (7-0). “Teams really up their games when they play us, but we’re where we want to be and we’re ready to handle the challenge.”
The Bobcats have eight returning starters, including seniors Eli Evans (defender), Dylan Gerdes (defender), Jake Kelley (goalkeeper), Indigo London (midfielder), Ben Murphy (defender), Wes Ryan (midfielder; second-team all-state, first-team all-district and all-league) and Johnny Volker (midfielder; second-team all-league). Sophomore midfielder Ross Day (honorable mention all-league) also started.
Rounding out the senior class are midfielder Jonah Bode, defender Ben Kelley and midfielder Christian Lynch.
“They need to work on their leadership on and off the field,” coach Gerdes said. “Even though we have a team full of seniors, there is a communication aspect that we should work on as well as leading by example.”
Also on the roster are juniors Manny Day (forward), Graham Dilley (defender), Sam Freeman (midfielder), Jake Hollar (defender), Joel Samuels (midfielder) and Derek Tullis (forward), sophomores Charlie Ferguson (midfielder) and Lance Trares (goalie) and freshman Kai Iisaka (midfielder).
Grandview was 1-0-1 before playing Centennial on Aug. 28.
Manny Day scored as the Bobcats opened with a 1-all tie Aug. 18 against Troy Christian, a Division III regional semifinalist last fall.
Ryan scored three goals and Manny Day added two in a 6-1 win over Beechcroft on Aug. 21. Grandview opened league play Aug. 30 against Worthington Christian.
Girls soccer team
faces ‘growing pains’
In his 14th season as girls soccer coach, Mike Merna said the program is in transition after losing 10 players to graduation.
The Bobcats finished 12-3-3 overall last season and placed second (2-0-3) in the MSL-Ohio behind Worthington Christian (4-0-1).
“We lost a lot of good players, so this will definitely be a year of transition for us,” said Merna, whose team opened league play Aug. 30 against Worthington Christian. “We have seen glimpses here and there of our potential, but there definitely will be some growing pains. I think we can be a good team in October, so we’ll see how that plays out.”
One of the strengths for the Bobcats is their defense with the return of seniors Anna Dobies and Kirsten Lower and junior goalkeeper Ruby Gentile (34 saves last season). Sophomore Hallie Georskey (7 goals, 3 assists) has moved from midfielder to defender.
Senior forward Maddy James (third-team all-district, second-team all-league; 7 goals, 6 assists) and junior midfielders Olivia Girardi (honorable mention all-league; 5 goals, 1 assist) and Whitney Schaefer are returning scoring threats.
“We have been a good team defensively,” Merna said. “We also have shown balance on offense, which is a good thing. We don’t have just one go-to scorer.”
The Bobcats showed that when they opened with a 9-0 victory Aug. 18 at Chillicothe Zane Trace. James and junior midfielder Maddie Arndt both scored twice, and senior forward Maxi Nelson, Schaefer, sophomore midfielder Emma Hall, freshman forward Taylor Pierce and freshman midfielder Tia Thomas all scored once.
Pierce had two goals as the Bobcats defeated Circleville 4-0 on Aug. 24. James and Schaefer both scored twice in an 11-0 win over Centennial on Aug. 26.
Rounding out the roster are junior Adelle Bechtel (defen-der), sophomores Addy Holcomb (goalie) and Claudette Moul (defender) and freshmen Lindsay Bertani (midfielder), Stephanie Kramer (goalie), Carlie Orr (midfielder), Layla Slaughter (defender) and Signe Slaughter (forward).
Aug. 18 – vs. Troy Christian
Aug. 21 – vs. Beechcroft
Aug. 28 – vs. Centennial
*Aug. 30 – at Worthington Christian
Sept. 2 – at Chillicothe Zane Trace
*Sept. 6 – vs. Whitehall
*Sept. 13 – at London
Sept. 16 – vs. Horizon Science
Sept. 18 – vs. Fairbanks
Sept. 21 – at Central Crossing
*Sept. 27 – at Bexley
Sept. 30 – vs. Watterson
Oct. 2 – at Wellington
Oct. 5 – vs. Mifflin
*Oct. 7 – Columbus Academy at Mapfre Stadium
Oct. 14 – vs. Tree of Life
Aug. 18 – at Chillicothe Zane Trace
Aug. 24 – vs. Circleville
Aug. 26 – vs. Centennial
*Aug. 30 – vs. Worthington Christian
Sept. 2 – vs. Hartley
*Sept. 6 – at Whitehall
*Sept. 13 – vs. London
*Sept. 16 – at Zanesville Rosecrans
Sept. 18 – vs. Fairbanks
Sept. 23 – at Westland
Sept. 25 – vs. Columbus School for Girls
*Sept. 27 – vs. Bexley
Sept. 30 – vs. Ready
*Oct. 2 – at Wellington
*Oct. 7 – Columbus Academy at Mapfre Stadium
Oct. 12 – vs. Fisher Catholic
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys golf, girls golf, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 31 – Grove City Christian at Hickory Hills
Sept. 2 – Bexley Invitational at Westchester
Sept. 6 – Fairbanks at Darby Creek
*Aug. 31 – Worthington Christian at Airport
*Sept. 5 – Bexley at Airport
*Aug. 31 – At London
Sept. 5 – At Wellington
*Aug. 31 – At Worthington Christian
*Sept. 5 – Home vs. Whitehall