Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller has a message for his team as it prepares to play Friday, Oct. 2, at West Jefferson.

Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller has a message for his team as it prepares to play Friday, Oct. 2, at West Jefferson.

Miller doesn't want the Vikings to be deceived by the Roughriders' 1-4 overall record. West Jefferson is 0-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division, losing to Bexley 42-35 on Sept. 25.

Academy fell to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio with a 35-21 loss at Whitehall on Sept. 25.

Bexley leads the league at 2-0.

"It certainly doesn't get any easier," Miller said. "That's the best 1-4 team I've ever seen. We're treating them like they're 5-0 and they very well could be. They play a daunting schedule and we know how tough they'll be, we know how physical they will be and they certainly have some athletes as well, so they have a nice blend of power and speed."

Last season, West Jefferson defeated Academy 42-7 on its way to a 4-2 league record and a tie for second with Bexley and Grandview behind Whitehall (5-1).

Academy and Whitehall were tied at 21 in the third quarter. Matt Watters connected with Jerome Buckner for a pair of touchdowns (37, 20 yards) and Sam Tuckerman kicked two field goals (34, 29).

Watters again started at quarterback in place of the injured Nick Stringer and completed 10 of 26 passes for 175 yards with three interceptions.

Buckner had three catches for 72 yards and Jack Mills had three catches for 63 yards.

"It was a good old-fashioned butt kicking. We got what we deserved," Miller said.

Miller said Stringer, who injured his right knee against Newark Catholic on Sept. 11, would be re-evaluated in the next two weeks and his return is questionable.

Quarterback Conor Powell led West Jefferson against Bexley, scoring on a 79-yard kickoff return and 7-yard touchdown run.

West Jefferson's first five opponents have a combined record of 18-7, with the win coming against 1-4 Fairfield Christian, 49-7 on Sept. 18.

The Roughriders rallied from a 1-3 start last season to make the playoffs, falling to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 31-23 in the Division V, Region 18 final to finish 8-5.

Boys golf team takes second in league

The boys golf team finished second (15-3) in the MSL-Ohio behind Bexley (18-0) and ahead of Worthington Christian (12-6), Madison Plains (9-9), Grandview (5-13), London (4-14) and West Jefferson (0-18).

The Vikings placed second (306) in the MSL-Ohio postseason tournament Sept. 22 at Darby Creek behind Bexley (298) and ahead of Worthington Christian (307), Madison Plains (325), Grandview (341), London (350) and West Jefferson (386).

Tejas Sinha was third of 40 golfers with a 74, followed by Michael Zhang (tied for sixth, 76), Cole Walter (tied for seventh, 77) and Vincent Dong (tied for 13th, 79).

Academy competed in a Division II sectional Sept. 29 at Oakhaven. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Denison Golf Club at Granville.

Boys soccer team remains in title chase

The boys soccer team is on a five-game unbeaten streak and remains in contention for the MSL-Ohio title.

The Vikings are 6-4-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the league.

Academy's league loss came against Worthington Christian, 2-1 on Sept. 12.

Bexley was 3-0 in the league before playing West Jefferson on Sept. 30 and Worthington Christian is 3-1.

The Vikings defeated Grove City Christian 3-0 in a league game Sept. 24 and Fairbanks 1-0 on Sept 26. Logan Baker, Matt Cea and Kyle Vorys scored against Grove City Christian and Vorys scored against Fairbanks.