The Grandview Heights football team limited its mistakes in Week 2 and hopes for more of the same Friday, Sept. 13, at home against Bucyrus.
In a season-opening 21-20 win over Centennial on Aug. 29, the Bobcats committed 12 penalties for 118 yards. They had just two penalties for 15 yards in the second game, a 42-24 win at Africentric on Sept. 6.
"We definitely cleaned up our act," senior Charlie James said. "We had a ton of offensive penalties (in the opener), but didn't have many (against Africentric) and we got our running game going. Our defense gave up just one first down before the second team came in for us."
Grandview will meet Bucyrus for the first time. The matchup was necessitated by Zanesville Rosecrans canceling its season in late July because of low numbers.
Coach Jason Peters is impressed by what he has seen from the Redmen, who are 1-1.
"They are a big, physical team that wants to come at you," Peters said. "They are a wing-T team, and they have a new coach (Matt Makeever) this year."
Quarterback Ben Seibert threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as Bucyrus won 26-7 at Cardington on Sept. 6.
Grandview quarterback Kyle Casey was 7-for-9 passing for 156 yards and three touchdowns against Africentric. Luke Lachey had two receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown, James had two catches for 54 yards with one score and Cory Culp caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.
"We feel good about where we're at, but we're still trying to figure out who we are," Peters said. "We're not a finished product, but we have to be happy with where we're at. We'll have to continue to get better."
Darreion Davis rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and Trey Cook added a 4-yard rushing touchdown. Hallie Georskey made all six of her extra-point attempts.
Defensively, Lachey had two interceptions and Alfie Sterneker forced a fumble that Joey Bertani recovered.
The Bobcats led 35-0 at halftime against the Nubians and substituted liberally in the second half.
"With not having a j.v. game, it was a good opportunity to get some of the kids a lot of work," Peters said. "We wanted to get those young kids out there on a Friday night and let them have fun."
Through two games, Davis has 214 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 34 carries. Casey is 28-for-37 passing for 370 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Lachey has 12 receptions for 195 yards and two scores.
"We have found a way to do what we needed to do to win two football games," Peters said. "The goal every week is to win, and that's what we have been able to do.
"We need to be more consistent and stop having mental mistakes. We turned the ball over in the first week and had too many penalties. Two (penalties) sure beats 12. We have to continue to get better."
Cross country teams ready for Bobcat meet
The boys and girls cross country teams will play host to the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Camp Bobcat in Chillicothe.
Last fall, Chris Miller was first in 17 minutes, 3.8 seconds and Derek Amicon was second in 17:24.2 as the Bobcats finished fourth (87 points) of seven teams behind champion Chillicothe (47). The girls team was fifth (116) behind champion Lancaster (39).
Amicon was second (16:01.9) in the Division III boys race of the Tiffin Carnival on Sept. 7, as the Bobcats finished 24th (636) of 35 teams behind champion McDonald (132).
Miller was 10th (16:29.3), followed by Nathan Reese (204th, 20:31.5), Josh Roemer (219th, 21:07.6), Alasdair Schlesinger (221st, 21:20.3) and Brady Long (222nd, 21:29.0).
The girls were 12th (523) of 49 teams in Division III behind champion Minster (75). Liza DeVere (34th, 20:20.9) and Greta Tew (36th, 20:24.3) led the way, followed by Nina Brown (137th, 22:40.6), Amelia Sturbois (152nd, 20:53.7) and Emmalyn Kukura (177th, 23:13.3).
Boys soccer team endures slow start
The boys soccer team was 1-3-2 overall before playing Fairbanks on Sept. 9 and 0-1-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division before facing Buckeye Valley on Sept. 11.
Kai Iisaka scored and goalkeeper Lance Trares had nine saves as the Bobcats opened league play Aug. 28 by tying Columbus Academy at 1.
Ross Day scored as Grandview lost to Worthington Christian 3-1 on Sept. 4 in a league contest.
Girls soccer team wins 2 of 3 in league
The girls soccer team was 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Whitehall on Sept. 11.
Tayler Pierce and Tia Thomas scored in a 2-1 win over Bexley on Aug. 28 to open league play. Goalie Addi Holcomb had 10 saves.
Hallie Georskey scored in a 2-1 league loss to Academy on Sept. 4.
Zoey Miller had three goals as Grandview defeated Buckeye Valley 5-1 on Sept. 7 in league action.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 14 -- Bobcat Invitational at Camp Bobcat in Chillicothe
Sept. 17 -- MSL-Ohio postseason at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 14 -- At Madison Christian
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Beachwood
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Fairbanks
*Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Wellington
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Whitehall
Sept. 16 -- At Westland
*Sept. 17 -- At Bexley
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Cristo Rey
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Columbus School for Girls