Despite having its fair share of injuries, the Grandview Heights High School football team still has its eye on breaking into the Division VI postseason.
The Bobcats, who are 4-4 overall, were projected to be 11th in the Region 23 computer ratings this week. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs.
Grandview will need to win its final two games and hope the teams ahead of it lose. The current No. 8 seed is Steubenville Catholic Central, which plays 7-0 Weirton (West Virginia) Madonna on Oct. 19 and 7-1 Beverly Fort Frye on Oct. 27.
"It's going to be tough, but we're still looking for a playoff spot," said Bryce Stanley, a senior running back and defensive back. "We know we have to win out to get in, but we play bigger schools all year so it would be good to go up against teams our size."
The Bobcats have played only one Division VI team, Africentric, which they beat 44-14 on Sept. 1. They lost to Division II Whitehall 24-12 on Oct. 6 and defeated Division III Centennial 30-28 on Aug. 25.
Their other opponents are in Divisions IV and V.
On Oct. 13, the Bobcats defeated Division V Liberty Union 22-13 to improve to 2-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
Up next is a home game Friday, Oct. 20, against Logan Elm, a Division IV team that has never played Grandview. The Braves are 1-7 and coming off a 21-6 loss to Fairfield Union on Oct. 13.
"They are big and physical," said coach Jason Peters, whose team closes the regular season Oct. 27 at Division V Columbus Academy in league play. "They line up and come at you similar to what London does."
Hunter Hopkins had 73 yards rushing on 19 carries against Fairfield Union, and Corbin Betz had field goals of 39 and 27 yards.
The Bobcats lost quarterback Kyle Casey to an arm injury against Liberty Union. James Lachey moved to quarterback and rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Trey Cook ran for 68 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, and Harrison Morosky added 60 yards on nine rushes.
Linebacker Luke Sterneker and offensive lineman Cody Cook also were injured. Peters said Casey, Cody Cook and Sterneker would be evaluated during the week.
"Our kids showed a lot of heart out there with all that adversity," Peters said. "I couldn't ask for a team to answer the bell better than they did."