Discipline, or lack thereof, has been the biggest stumbling block for the Bexley High School football team.
The Lions racked up 130 yards in penalties in a 26-0 loss Sept. 28 at Liberty Union, stalling drives and frustrating coach Nathan Castorena as Bexley dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
"Like I have said before, it's a lot of Bexley beating Bexley right now, and we have to cut it out," Castorena said. "We're making silly penalties like holding calls downfield and, in terms of our execution, we have a guy step the wrong way on a base play. It's little details like that that will kill you. It's death by a million paper cuts."
Stopping those mistakes begins in practice, and senior quarterback Anthony Welsh said the Lions need to be more attentive.
"We have to be more disciplined in practice and be more mentally focused on all of our drills and in the games," he said. "That shows because mainly it was penalties that killed us (against Liberty Union). If we cut down on those, hopefully our offense will move the ball more."
The next hurdle for the Lions is a home game Friday, Oct. 5, against Teays Valley, a Division II opponent. Castorena said the Vikings have the traits he is looking for in his Division IV squad.
"I saw them against Bloom(-Carroll), which is a good team, and they took it to them (35-10 on Sept. 13)," he said. "They are a disciplined football team and they definitely have numbers on us.
"They are a bigger school and have some personnel to work with, so they definitely will create a challenge for us. We're going to have to control the ball and play sound football."
The Vikings improved to 4-2 by defeating Fairfield Union 48-7 on Sept. 28. Quarterback Tristan McDanel rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and was 4-for-10 passing for 167 yards and two scores to Taylor Robinson, who caught all four passes.
"They were big and fast last year and we expect that they are going to come back big and fast," two-way lineman Tommy Lee said. "We're have to stay low when we tackle in order to stop them."
The Lions had 240 total yards to 258 for Liberty Union. Welsh was 14-for-30 passing for 140 yards and one interception and led in rushing with 64 yards on 12 carries.
Carter Brenner caught seven passes for 71 yards, and Isaiah McFadden had four receptions for 23 yards.
"I think we have to keep working with what we have all year, and that's our running game and execution," Castorena said. "We moved the ball (against Liberty Union) and then we would shoot ourselves in the foot. We would drive down and get in the red zone and then have a first-down holding call and it goes to first-and-20. That's hard to recover from."
Binau, boys golfers cruise into district
Trevor Binau was medalist with a 66 and the boys golf team won a Division II sectional at The Players Club at Foxfire to advance to district Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club.
At district, the team champion and the top individual not on that team advanced to state Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
At sectional, which was moved from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28 because of bad weather, Binau was nine strokes better than the runner-up, teammate Micah Rubinstein (75). Aaron Meyer (79), Will Meyer (83) and Tyler Roberts (84) also competed.
The Lions ran away with the team title, shooting a 303 to finish 25 strokes better than runner-up Northridge. Jonathan Alder (338) also advanced to district.
Girls tennis team set for sectional
The girls tennis team plays in a Division II sectional Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6, at Columbus Academy.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 11 at Columbus School for Girls and Oct. 13 at Reynoldsburg.
Sophomore Sydney Elliott is seeded fourth in singles. Junior Maxine Giller and sophomore Stefanie Lehman also will play singles.
Juniors Katie Benedict and Ellie Levy are the third seed in doubles, and seniors Avery Weisman and Olivia Williams are seeded fourth.
The Lions were 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Grandview on Oct. 2.
Girls golf team begins postseason
The girls golf team played in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Royal American.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cooks Creek.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams qualify for state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Columbus Academy
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
Oct. 9 -Home vs. St. Charles
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Whitehall
Oct. 6 -- Bellville Clear Fork at Mapfre Stadium
Oct. 8 -- At DeSales
Oct. 10 -- At Buckeye Valley
*Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Academy. The Lions lost to the Vikings 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 on Aug. 21.
Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Ready
Oct. 10 -- At Westland