By the time the Grandview Heights football team found its footing, Mechanicsburg’s Chayse Propst had scored three touchdowns as the Indians built a 22-0 first-quarter on their way to a 48-7 victory in a Division VI, Region 24 semifinal Nov. 15 at Hilliard Darby.
The seventh-seeded Bobcats finished 7-5, while sixth-seeded Mechanicsburg improved to 10-2 and will face fourth-seeded Covington in a regional final Nov. 22.
Propst finished with 194 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Indians.
“Our kids played hard. It just didn’t go our way tonight,” Grandview coach Jason Peters said. “We’ve got kids out there with inexperience against a team as good as (Mechanicsburg). .... It’s just not a good combination. They blocked us and they made plays and we didn’t. When that’s the case, bad things happen.”
Mechanicsburg took a timeout after their second play from scrimmage, and Propst followed with a cut upfield off right tackle for a 57-yard touchdown run. On his next carry following a Grandview punt, Propst scored from 70 yards as the Indians went ahead 16-0 following the two-point conversion.
The Bobcats were playing without quarterback Charlie James, who cut his leg on a concrete barrier in the first quarter of a 35-28 win at second-seeded Bainbridge Paint Valley on Nov. 15.
Luke Lachey started in James’ place.
“We’ve got three of our four starting secondary guys not playing,” Peters said. “We’ve got guys that got to step up. We’re on our third-team quarterback, our best running back is dinged up and they fought. When you’re as beat up as we are, you’ve got to have some breaks go our way and we didn’t.”
After a fumble on the Bobcats’ next possession that the Indians returned 46 yards to the Grandview 8, Propst was tackled for a 4-yard loss on the next play. On second down, however, he scored from 12 yards out to make it 22-0 with 2:36 left in the first quarter.
Kyle Casey took over at quarterback on Grandview’s final first-quarter possession, but the Bobcats struggled to move the ball.
Lachey, who returned at quarterback in the third quarter, finished 7-for-10 passing for 86 yards. He connected with Max Mott for a 3-yard touchdown to avoid the shutout with 10 seconds left.
Gabe Chandler had two carries – both touchdowns – for 84 yards for Mechanicsburg.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS 0 0 0 7 7 MECHANICSBURG
22 0 20 6 48
M–Propst 57 run (Conley run)
M–Propst 70 run (Hurst run)
M–Propst 12 run (run failed)
M–Propst 13 run (run failed)
M–Chandler 17 run (Mascadri kick)
M–Theil fumble recovery in end zone (Mascadri kick)
M–Chandler 67 run (kick failed)
GH–Mott 3 pass from Lachey (Georskey kick)