High School Football: Mechanicsburg rolls into regional finals

Mechanicsburg’s Chayse Propst breaks into open field as he rushes for a touchdown against West Liberty-Salem earlier this season. The Indians beat Grandview Heights 48-7 Friday to advance to the regional finals. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Mechanicsburg’s Chayse Propst breaks into open field as he rushes for a touchdown against West Liberty-Salem earlier this season. The Indians beat Grandview Heights 48-7 Friday to advance to the regional finals. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The Mechanicsburg High School football team is back in the regional final for the first time since 2016.

The Indians jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead on their way to a 48-7 win over Grandview Heights in a Division VI, Region 24 semifinal game on Friday night at Hilliard Darby High School.

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Mechanicsburg junior Chayse Propst rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries as the Indians improved to 10-2 overall. Propst scored on runs of 57, 70, 12 and 13 yards.

Indians junior Gabe Chandler rushed for 84 yards and two TDs for the Indians, scoring on runs of 17 and 67 yards.

Mechanicsburg’s Mack Delong caused a fumble and Kix Thiel returned it 27 yards for a TD. The Indians outgained the Bobcats (7-5) 415 yards to 162 yards. The Bobcats struggled on the ground, rushing for 25 yards on 33 carries as a team.

The Indians will face Covington (10-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at a site to be determined. The Buccaneers beat Chillicothe Southeastern 36-20 in the other semifinal game.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will announce sites for regional final games on Sunday afternoon.

Mechanicsburg has advanced to the playoffs each of the last seven seasons, but is seeking its first state semifinal berth since 2013. Covington has made 19 playoff appearances since it last advanced to the state semifinals in 1985.

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