The Grandview Heights High School football team will be trying to solve its nemesis when it plays host to Columbus Academy in the regular-season finale Friday, Oct. 26.
The Vikings have won the last three meetings, including 41-7 last fall. The most recent win for the Bobcats was 33-21 in 2014, as Academy holds a 4-1 edge since the teams were grouped in the MSL-Ohio Division in 2013.
The contest also holds playoff implications for the Bobcats, who are 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the MSL-Ohio. A win would ensure a berth in the Division VI postseason, while a loss would mean Grandview would need some help.
"We have struggled to get our hands on them the last few years," coach Jason Peters said. "The kids are ready for this. We know if we want to get in (the playoffs) for sure, we have to win."
The Bobcats were projected to be eighth in Region 23 this week, holding the final playoff spot.
The Vikings improved to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the league by defeating Liberty Union 47-7 on Oct. 19. Brady Hess was 11-for-16 passing for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and Dorrian Moultrie had six receptions for 170 yards and two scores.
Academy needs a win and help to make the playoffs in Division V, Region 19.
"They are always big rival of ours," wide receiver and defensive back Luke Lachey said. "They are good, and their receivers are really good. Sometimes it's tough to stop them, but we have to be able to contain them."
Also for Academy against Liberty Union, Jordan Dearing-Hardiman had a 90-yard touchdown catch and Carter Warstler had a rushing touchdown and two interceptions.
"They have athletes, a lot of them," Peters said. "They have a lot of team speed and run all over the place. We have to do a good job of being disciplined on defense and, on offense, just not get outside of ourselves. We need to stay within ourselves and do what we do. We need to find what works and take advantage of it."
The Bobcats are coming off a 41-29 win over Logan Elm on Oct. 19, and special teams once again played a big part. They totaled 172 yards on five kickoff returns, including three by Lachey for 120 yards.
"We had a couple of big returns," Peters said. "Luke got tackled at about the (Logan Elm) 10(-yard line) and Luke and Darreion (Davis) returned two others into their territory. We have had some great kickoff returns. That's been a good thing."
Kyle Casey was 5-for-7 passing for 97 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also led the Bobcats in rushing with 50 yards and one score on 11 carries.
Charlie James and Hudson Jump each had a rushing touchdown, and Lachey caught three passes for 84 yards and three scores.
"It's a chance for us to reach the playoffs," two-way lineman Joey Bertani said. "We have to work through the hard days in practice, and we have to continue to grind every day and every down. We have to keep getting better."