Three quick touchdowns in the first 90 seconds of the second half made the difference for the Columbus Academy football team on Oct. 26 against Grandview.
The visiting Vikings scored on a fumble return, a long pass and a short run to rally past the Bobcats 42-21 in MSL-Ohio Division play.
Academy trailed 14-7 at halftime, but freshmen Drake Bellisari recovered a fumble by Grandview’s Trey Cook on the second-half kickoff to spark the Vikings’ second-half scoring outburst.
“Our guys came out and grabbed momentum and handled some adversity and answered the bell,” said Academy coach Robin Miller, whose team improved to 6-4 overall and finished 3-2 in the league. “Our guys were able to snatch the momentum right back.”
Bellisari’s fumble recovery set up a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brady Hess to tie the game at 14.
On their first possession of the third quarter, the Bobcats drove to the Academy 35-yard line, but a low snap out of the shotgun formation got away from quarterback Kyle Casey, and Academy’s Dorrian Moultrie scooped up the ball and returned the fumble 60 yards for a score to give the Vikings a 21-14 lead.
After Grandview’s Luke Lachey returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 21, Moultrie caught a 70-yard pass from Hess to give the Vikings the lead for good at 28-21.
“I think the second half we put everything together,” Moultrie said. “We knew the team that came out and had the least mistakes would win this.”
Grandview had four turnovers in the game and Academy had none.
“We had four fumbles and that was the difference,” said Grandview coach Jason Peters, whose team fell to 7-3 overall and finished 2-3 in the league. “We made mistakes against a quick team and they made us pay.”
Andrew Swartz led the Vikings with 200 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries, and Moultrie had 105 yards receiving and a score on five receptions. Hess was 12-for-24 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Harrison Morosky led Grandview with 114 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries, and Hudson Jump added 74 yards on 10 carries.
Grandview still had a chance to make the Division VI, Region 23 playoffs, while Academy needed help to reach the Division V, Region 19 playoffs.
“We did what we could control tonight and that’s all we can do,” Miller said. “We’ll see what happens from here.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final COLUMBUS ACADEMY 7 0 21 14 42 GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS
7 7 7 0 21
CA—Boyle 3 pass from Hess (Massick kick)
G—Speaks 1 run (Georskey kick)
G—Morosky 22 run (Georskey kick)
CA—Hess 1 run (Massick kick)
CA—Moultrie 60 fumble return (Massick kick)
G—Lachey 99 kickoff return (Georskey kick)
CA—Moultrie 70 pass from Hess (Massick kick)
CA—Moultrie 13 run (Massick kick)