The Columbus Academy football team will look to avoid a letdown when it plays host to Columbus East on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Vikings improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Ohio Division with a 38-7 win at Bexley on Sept. 28.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak against the Lions.

East, a member of the City League-North, was 0-6 after losing to Centennial 63-27 on Sept. 29.

"Knowing our kids, I don't think it will be hard to motivate them (for East)," coach Robin Miller said. "They're a focused group, they're a disciplined group and they'll know the task at hand. We're getting ready for a lot more football, more than just East."

According to Academy officials who researched the series between the Vikings and East, the teams last played to a scoreless tie in 1936.

Academy took control in the second quarter against Bexley, sparked by Dorrian Moultrie's 42-yard punt return for a touchdown that snapped a 7-all tie. He also had nine catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Saling completed 15 of 25 passes for 214 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Herman Moultrie rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

"(The Lions) gave us all we could handle, so I'm glad our kids responded ... when we needed to," Miller said.

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