The Columbus Academy football team will learn a lot about its fate in the next two weeks. After the Vikings lost their MSL-Ohio Division opener Sept. 16 at Granville 28-13, they rebounded with a 61-28 win over Lakewood last Friday.
Earning wins the next two weeks will be a difficult task. Academy plays at Newark Catholic on Saturday, followed by a home game against Heath on Oct. 8. Combined, Newark Catholic and Heath are 8-2.
A year ago, Academy beat Newark Catholic 27-19. It was the Vikings' first win over Newark Catholic since the Green Wave joined the conference in 2006.
Austin Peterman and Preston Pearson combined for 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 23 carries against Newark Catholic last season. The Vikings are once again reliant those two. Combined, Pearson and Peterman have more than 1,000 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns in five games.
Newark Catholic started strong winning its first four games before losing to Heath 40-7 last week. The Green Wave's leading rusher Britt Wilder was held to 97 yards. On defense, Newark Catholic entered last Friday allowing 10.8 points per game, but allowed Heath quarterback Cole Benner to rush for 194 yards.