Harvest Prep at Grandview Heights: Warriors look to get back on track against young Bobcats
A young Grandview Heights football team lost for the second consecutive week Sept. 4, and Harvest Prep had a 38-game league winning streak snapped on the same night.
The two squads still found out a lot about themselves, however, and they aim to use those losses to prepare for an MSL-Ohio matchup Friday, Sept. 11, at Grandview.
The Bobcats fell 22-14 to league-foe Whitehall on Sept. 4, a game in which they rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to take a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.
“We’re so young at the skill positions,” said Grandview coach Jason Peters, whose team is 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the league. “We played well enough to win but made enough mistakes to lose.
“I think just our attitude was the biggest change from Week 1. When we were down 10-0 at half, it would have been easy to pack it in, but we fought back and took the lead.”
The Warriors dropped to 1-1 overall and in the MSL-Ohio after losing 20-10 to Columbus Academy on Sept. 4.
Coach Milan Smith said he had to jumble his lineup around, and the short preseason from the COVID-19 coronavirus protocols made those changes more difficult against a high-caliber opponent like the Vikings.
“We had an offensive lineman go on a family vacation to Tennessee, which they planned when it didn’t look like we would have a season,” he said. “You can’t stop that. Family comes first. We moved players around, and they saw their first action at those spots in a game instead of in the preseason scrimmages.
“It’s been such a long time (between league losses) that it’s unrealistic to think that these young men can be able to play their best football every week. We played OK and (the Vikings) played really well. We turned the ball over (four times) and they didn’t have any.”
Running back Jaylen Jennings rushed for 214 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries to lead the Warriors, who had a 279-191 advantage in total yards.
Quarterback Aidan Rogers was 5-for-11 passing for 75 yards with one interception, and wide receiver Jalen Davis had three receptions for 48 yards.
“They have athletes everywhere,” Peters said. “They’re athletic and play really fast.
“Right now we’re focusing more on ourselves. It’s more about us getting better and improving on our mistakes.”
Against Whitehall, Tristin Pierce led the Bobcats with 43 rushing yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. He also caught two passes for 22 yards and one score.
Logan Baker was 6-for-13 passing for 63 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“Coach Peters always does a great job with his team, and I think they’re pretty young,” Smith said. “They are doing a lot with the wing-T this year, which isn’t a surprise because they graduated a lot from last year.”
HARVEST PREP at GRANDVIEW
•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11
•Last meeting: 2019, Harvest Prep 42-7
•Harvest Prep (1-1 overall, 1-1 in MSL-Ohio) to date: Defeated Buckeye Valley 56-25; lost to Columbus Academy 20-10
•Grandview (0-2 overall, 0-1 in MSL-Ohio) to date: Lost to Galion Northmor 34-0; lost to Whitehall 22-14
•Top Warriors: Josiah Carroll (QB/DB/K), Jalen Davis (WR/DL), Phillip Gibson Perry (RB/LB), RahShaun Goines (WR/DB), Jaylen Jennings (RB), Patrick Moore Graves (OL), Manny Mullens (TE/DL) and Aidan Rogers (QB)
•Top Bobcats: Cory Culp (RB/LB), Connor Dobies (OL/LB), Gabhran Downer (OL/DL), Ian Gecse (TE/DL), Connor McCormick (RB/DB/P), Tristin Pierce (RB/DB), Matthew Taylor (OL/DL) and Jake Zimmerman (OL/DL)