Bexley High School senior halfback Micah Fliegel did the hard work and Simon Kroos was able to enjoy the spoils.

Bexley High School senior halfback Micah Fliegel did the hard work and Simon Kroos was able to enjoy the spoils.

Fliegel rolled up 187 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, but senior quarterback Kroos accounted for four touchdowns as the Lions opened with a 41-20 win on Aug 26 over host Harvest Prep.

Kroos scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards, and also threw a pair of scoring passes to wide-open receivers thanks to Fliegel's efforts in the backfield.

"We just kept giving Micah the ball and that opened things up for the passing game," Kroos said. "Coach (John Smith) said that would happen and it did. That kind of put a dagger in them."

The first touchdown pass was 29 yards to Josh Jones on the opening play of the second quarter.

The second scoring pass was for 20 yards to Tyler Mitchell, who stood alone in the left corner of the end zone to break open an eight-point game. The drive took 6 minutes, 7 seconds and gave the Lions a 34-20 lead with 1:07 left in the third quarter.

"On that second touchdown pass, it was a good play by Simon," Smith said. "He felt some pressure and was forced over that way and he found the man open in the end zone."

Kroos' efforts on offense offset a strong performance by Harvest Prep's Daniel Bangura. The junior running back finished with 141 yards on 24 carries, but did not gain any yards after rushing for a 34-yard touchdown with 7:14 left in the third.

"Daniel was having some problems with cramps and that limited what he could do," Harvest Prep coach Milan Smith said. "Bexley is a great team and coach Smith does a great job of getting ready for us."

Fliegel rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries in the first half, including a 36-yard touchdown. He said that was part of the game plan.

"We kept catching them off guard and they just kept giving me the ball," Fliegel said. "I ran hard and the line kept opening up big holes to go through. I couldn't have done that without them."

Kroos only threw one pass in the second half, the touchdown to Mitchell. He finished 5-for-5 for 79 yards.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final BEXLEY
14 14 6 7 41 HARVEST PREP
7 6 7 0 20

B-Kroos 2 run (Meyer kick)

HP-Mitchell 12 pass from Lipsey (Garcia-Torres kick)

B-Kroos 1 run (Meyer kick)

B-Jones 29 pass from Kroos (Meyer kick)

HP-Bangura 4 run (kick failed)

B-Fliegel 36 run (Meyer kick)

HP-Bangura 34 run (Garcia-Torres kick)

B-Mitchell 20 pass from Kroos (run failed)

B-Fliegel 2 run (Meyer kick)

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