With league play set to start, Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller hopes his team quickly bounces back from its first loss of the season.

With league play set to start, Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller hopes his team quickly bounces back from its first loss of the season.

The Vikings, who are 2-1, play host to Grandview on Friday, Sept. 18, in the MSL-Ohio Division opener for both teams.

Academy is looking to rebound from a 21-20 home loss against Newark Catholic on Sept. 11.

"It's always exciting when you play ... league rivals," Miller said. "It doesn't get any easier from here."

Last season, Academy lost to Grandview 33-21 and went on to tie Madison Plains for fifth (2-4) in the league behind champion Whitehall (5-1). Bexley, Grandview and West Jefferson tied for second at 4-2.

Grandview, which is averaging 36.7 points, improved to 3-0 with a 34-26 win over North Union on Sept. 11. The Bobcats rushed for 329 yards on 56 carries.

Running back Rhodes Jump led a balanced rushing attack with 93 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and quarterback Andre Readey added 86 yards on 20 carries.

Grandview's special teams and defense also accounted for touchdowns, as Jordan Beight scored on a 94-yard kickoff return and Benton Bair had a 4-yard fumble return for a score.

For the season, Beight has rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.

Academy trailed Newark Catholic 21-0 at halftime before its rally came up short.

Quarterback Nick Stringer injured his right knee on the first play of the fourth quarter and was replaced by Matt Watters, who connected with Jerome Buckner for a 53-yard touchdown to pull the Vikings within 21-14.

Dorrian Moultrie blocked a punt and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth, but Sam Tuckerman missed the extra-point attempt and Newark Catholic held on for the win.

Miller said Stringer would be re-evaluated this week, but Watters was prepared to take over if needed.ourne and Leah Pierre-Louis.