For Columbus Academy's student body, it's simply known as "Bexley week."

The football team will continue its rivalry with the Lions when the squads meet Friday, Sept. 14, at Academy in the MSL-Ohio opener.

"We're excited for our rivals (this) week when we play Bexley," coach Robin Miller said. "Records are irrelevant in a rivalry game. They'll be ready. They'll bring a nice crowd out and it will be exciting. It doesn't matter what happened in weeks past or what happened last year, it's a new game between two teams that really don't like each other that much."

The Vikings defeated Bexley 38-7 last season, ending a four-game losing streak in the series.

After dropping its opener at Cincinnati Wyoming 42-14 on Aug. 24, Academy beat Linden-McKinley 51-6 on Aug. 31 and defeated Newark Catholic 16-14 on Sept. 8. Miller said the victory over the Green Wave was the program's first win at White Field in Newark.

"It's a place where our high school has never won before, so it felt good to get that monkey off our back," Miller said. "That's a good team. They are going to win some games. Coach (Ryan) Aiello is doing a really good job."

Carter Warstler rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries and added 53 yards receiving to lead Academy. He had a 20-yard touchdown run and caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brady Hess to help the Vikings take a 16-7 lead by halftime.

Bexley fell to 1-2 with a 41-7 loss to Hamilton Township on Sept. 7. It defeated Campbell Memorial 16-0 on Aug. 31 to end a 12-game losing streak.

The Lions managed just 99 total yards against Hamilton Township. Running back Antonio Truss led the offense with 33 yards rushing on 14 carries and two receptions for 13 yards.

"The score was a little bit lopsided, but that was a good team they lost to," Miller said. "Bexley did some good things. They have some guys who are playing awfully hard. They have a good scheme for the type of kids they have. They weren't able to put it together, but it won't be easy (for us on) Friday."

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