Quarterback Hart Wise had 198 total yards and scored a touchdown to lead the host Columbus Academy football team to a 30-7 win over rival Bexley in an MSL-Ohio Division game Oct. 5.
The win was the Vikings' fourth in a row in the series, in which the winner of each game gets the Mayor-Headmaster Trophy.
Academy improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the MSL-Ohio, while Bexley dropped to 2-5 and 1-3.
“The kids had an opportunity to do something special and that was beat Bexley four straight times,” Academy coach Jim Collis said. “These seniors never lost to Bexley. We came out and set the tone early, executed and played a great game.”
Academy's defense helped the Vikings take charge from the start, holding Bexley to 15 total yards and no first downs in the first quarter and 77 total yards and four first downs in the first half. The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and one in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Wise rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and completed nine of 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. He opened the scoring with a 25-yard run with 8 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first quarter, capping a four-play, 56-yard drive.
Following a Bexley punt, the Vikings went on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 21-yard touchdown run by Bryce Bailey, giving the Vikings a 14-0 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Academy also reached the end zone on its third possession, as Wise connected with Tyler Krumlauf on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:13 left in the second quarter to give the Vikings a 21-0 lead.
Bexley controlled play in the third quarter, as the Lions ran 24 offensive plays in the third quarter while Academy ran only four.
The Lions cut their deficit to 21-7 when Andre Stewart scored on a 3-yard run with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Stewart finished with 101 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Academy regained a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter when Jared Harris scored on a 3-yard run with 9:31 left. The Vikings closed the scoring with a safety in the final minute, sacking Lions quarterback Patrick McClendon in the end zone.
Harris finished with 69 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries and Bailey carried the ball 14 times for 87 yards and completed a halfback-option pass for 40 yards to Tyler Gittins.
Academy amassed 394 total yards while Bexley finished with 209 total yards and 11 first downs.
“These kids are great kids,” Collis said. “They do everything we ask. I’m happy for them. They deserve it.”
CA--Wise 25 run (Long kick)
CA--Bailey 21 run Long kick)
CA--Krumlauf 10 pass from Wise (Long kick)
B--Stewart 3 run (Gingery kick)
CA--Harris 3 run (Long kick)
CA--Safety, McClendon tackled in end zone