After trying to stop the power running game of London, the Grandview Heights High School football team is preparing for the extreme spread alignment of Liberty Union.
The Bobcats play host to Liberty Union on Friday, Oct. 13, with both teams being 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the MSL-Ohio. Grandview has lost two consecutive games and the Lions have dropped three in a row.
"It's pretty much a 180-degree shift from what we saw last week," said coach Jason Peters, whose team lost 50-8 to unbeaten London on Oct. 6. "They throw the ball a lot and spread you out. They will empty the backfield and throw it all over the place. I don't think we'll see a team this year that throws the ball like they do."
In Liberty Union's 40-23 loss to Whitehall on Oct. 6, Brent McClure had touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards and quarterback Cole Peardon ran for a 9-yard touchdown.
The Bobcats have not played Liberty Union since 2012, when the Lions won 25-13. In 10 meetings from 2003-12, Liberty Union held a 6-4 advantage.
London had 310 of its 344 yards on the ground against Grandview, which had 79 yards rushing and 152 total yards.
Hudson Jump led the Bobcats with 30 yards rushing on five carries. The lone score came on a 28-yard run by Bryce Stanley, who also caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Kyle Casey.
"It wasn't like we played horribly," Peters said. "They were better than us and they made the plays they needed to make. They are physical and a tough matchup, so you have to give our kids credit. They kept fighting and clawing."