Reynoldsburg High School football coach Buddy White is looking for a well-rounded performance when his team continues OCC-Ohio Division action Friday, Oct. 13, at home against Grove City.
With a 21-14 victory over Gahanna on Oct. 6, the Raiders improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Reynoldsburg produced just 189 yards of offense against the Lions but got a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown by Donovon Hines with 3 minutes, 12 seconds to play for the winning points.
D'Lacy Bass intercepted a pass in the end zone with 32 seconds to go to seal the win as the Lions committed four turnovers in the fourth quarter.
"Eventually in the next game or two, I hope we're going to put everything together," White said. "If we do that and quit having those drive-killing penalties, we're going to be a pretty special team. The penalties have been the story of our season. I'm not sure how to get out of it, but we're going to keep working."
Grove City is 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the league after losing to Pickerington North 49-7 on Oct. 6.
The Dawgs snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 55-23 victory over Franklin Heights on Sept. 22.
Senior running back Devin Dukes, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards each of the past two seasons at Ready, transferred to Grove City in the offseason and has picked up where he left off. After not being eligible for the opener, Dukes has rushed for 866 yards and nine touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Austin Sigler is 73-for-127 passing for 871 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions and has rushed for one touchdown.
Boys soccer team
preps for tourney
The boys soccer team closed the regular season Oct. 10 at Lancaster.
Heading into that contest, the Raiders were 6-3-6 overall and 0-2-2 in the OCC-Ohio.
Among their losses was a 5-0 decision Oct. 3 at Pickerington North, which was 4-0 in the league before playing Grove City on Oct. 10.
Reynoldsburg bounced back from the loss to the Panthers by winning 3-2 over Westerville North on Oct. 5 as seniors Obed Aidoo and Nehemiah Tanga and sophomore Nicholas Wallace all scored and senior goalkeeper Gabe Philhower made 10 saves.
On Sept. 28, seniors Garrett Chapman and Rubbin Jacobs each scored in a 2-0 victory over Hartley.
All of improved girls
tennis team to return
With no seniors in its lineup, the girls tennis team is excited about the potential steps it could take next season.
The Raiders won six matches a year ago and improved to 9-12 overall this fall, including going 0-5 in the OCC-Ohio to finish behind Pickerington Central (5-0), Pickerington North (4-1), Gahanna (2-3), Grove City (2-3) and Lancaster (2-3).
"We've got everybody coming back," coach Les Somogyi said.
"The girls halfway through the season started winning, and that's really what it's all about. They all improved."
On Oct. 6 and 7 in a Division I sectional at home, the Raiders' top finisher was their doubles team of sophomores Feaven Gebrezgi and Hannah Dodley, as the pair reached a quarterfinal.
Advancing to second-round singles matches were sophomore Hope Chaffin and junior Sarah Hoffmann.
Also competing in singles was junior Alexa Matan, who won a play-in match and then lost in the first round. In doubles, the other entrant was junior Katelyn Whetsel and sophomore Maelyn Cheng, who lost in the first round.
Cheng took the place of sophomore Abi Swift, who was out with an injury.
Among the other contributors this season was sophomore Nia Harris.
"What I'm seeing is that a lot of these girls rise to the occasion and aren't afraid to hit," Somogyi said. "We go down fighting."
Below are the coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 14 -- OCC-Ohio meet at Lancaster
Oct. 18 -- At 12th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 18th-seeded Gahanna in second round Oct. 21 at home of better seed. The Raiders are the 22nd seed.
Oct. 16 -- Home vs. 31st-seeded Marion Harding in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at third-seeded Gahanna in second round Oct. 19. The Raiders are the 29th seed.
Oct. 17- Home vs. 31st-seeded Eastmoor Academy in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at 10th-seeded Watterson in second round Oct. 19. The Raiders are the 29th seed.
*Record: 9-12 overall, 0-5 (sixth) in OCC-Ohio
*Seniors lost: None
*Key returnees: Hope Chaffin, Maelyn Cheng, Hannah Dodley, Feaven Gebrezgi, Sarah Hoffmann, Alexa Matan, Abi Swift and Katelyn Whetsel