[ Ethan Sargeant | WOUB ]

Granville fill in all-state losses as they prep to repeat last season’s success

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GRANVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — On November 26th, 2021, Granville’s hopes of an undefeated season and a state final were washed away as they fell 14-0 to Badin in the Division 3 state semifinal.

With that loss came about the end of one of the better careers in Blue Aces history – QB Carsyn Crouch, who graduated and is now playing at the collegiate level. Granville lost a number of star seniors alongside Crouch, including 4 of their starting 5 offensive lineman along with a number of key playmaker on both sides of the ball.

Coach Wes Schroeder must now put the pieces back together to get Granville back to the top.

“We’re trying to maximize this group. We talk about last year cause it was special, it was fun and we love those guys that we had, but we’re not trying to be last year. We’re a different team and we’re trying to get the most out of the guys we do have.” said Coach Schroeder.

When Carsyn Crouch tore his ACL in the back end of last season, in stepped junior QB Tyler Ernsberger.

Before Crouch’s seemingly improbable return, Ernsberger had held down the fort for the Blue Aces, completing 61% of his passes for 305 yards and 4 TDs in 6 games during the season while keeping their unbeaten record intact.

Now, he has the keys to another talented offense, and he’s ready to step into the role of QB1 and leader.

While Ernsberger continues to improve, he’s got plenty of help around him. Most notably, Granville brings back WR Miles Eckenrode, who caught 12 passes for 115 yards and 2 TDs in a breakout playoffs.

While Granville may miss Crouch and the rest of that talented senior class, the Blue Aces are grinding hard to push even further in 2022.