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."
Boys, girls run to second in league
The boys and girls cross country teams enter the Division III district meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at Watkins Memorial coming off second-place finishes in the MSL-Ohio race.
The boys will compete in district 2 and the girls will run in district 1. In both races, the top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to the regional Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
The boys scored 50 points in the league meet Oct. 14 at London to finish behind Academy (40) and ahead of Bexley (72), Worthington Christian (91), London (110) and Whitehall (157).
Liam Kerr was runner-up in 16 minutes, 28.7 seconds. Worthington Christian's Jake Bertelsen won in 16:21.6.
Chris Miller was fourth (16:47.9) for the Bobcats, followed by Derek Amicon (sixth, 16:55.0), Eli Hall (12th, 17:36.3), Quinn Tillet (26th, 18:47.5), Andrew Bergmann (31st, 19:29.1) and Sam Carter (32nd, 19:55.4).
The girls scored 54 points to finish behind Bexley (31) and ahead of Academy (79), Whitehall (105), London (124) and Worthington Christian (133).
Nina Amicon was fourth (20:25.7) behind champion Molly Fagin (19:15.0) of Bexley.
Emmalyn Kukura (11th, 22:23.2), Sarah Marrone (12th, 22:29.1), Annie Volker (13th, 22:38.9), Avani Kumar (14th, 23:16.9) and Amelia Sturbois (16th, 24:01.2) also competed.
Girls volleyball team opens district play
The 25th-seeded girls volleyball team opened the Division III district tournament Oct. 18 at fifth-seeded Newark Catholic.
The winner plays 23rd-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek in the second round Saturday, Oct. 21, at the home of the better seed, and that winner advances to a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Buckeye Valley against fourth-seeded Galion Northmor, 20th-seeded Northridge or 22nd-seeded Academy.
Grandview lost to Academy 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-14 on Sept. 18 and 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-8 on Oct. 12 in MSL-Ohio play. It also lost to Northridge 25-20, 25-16 in the Pirate Invitational on Aug. 26 at Cardington.
The district final is Oct. 28 at Buckeye Valley.
The Bobcats improved to 2-19 by defeating Cristo Rey 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 on Oct. 14 to close the regular season. Leila Meyer had five kills, Jayla Coplan had four aces and three kills, Isabel Girardi had four aces and Nina Burchfield had three aces.
Girls soccer team set for tournament
The top-seeded girls soccer team opens the Division III district tournament Thursday, Oct. 19, against eighth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek or ninth-seeded West Jefferson in a second-round home game.
The winner advances to a district semifinal against fourth-seeded Wellington, sixth-seeded Johnstown, 11th-seeded Ready or 14th-seeded Tree of Life on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the better seed.
Grandview lost to Wellington 2-1 on Oct. 2 and defeated Ready 5-0 on Sept. 30.
The district final is Oct. 28 at a site to be determined.
The Bobcats closed the regular season at 13-2-1 after defeating Fisher Catholic 4-1 on Oct. 12. Maddie Arndt, Tayler Pierce, Signe Slaughter and Tia Thomas all scored.