The Columbus Academy football team will face a familiar foe Friday, Sept. 13, as it looks for its second consecutive win.

The Vikings, who are 1-1, will visit former MSL-Ohio Division rival London, which now competes in the Central Buckeye Conference.

The teams met in each of the six past seasons, with each winning three games. London won 42-27 last season on its way to a second-place finish in the league at 4-1, behind Whitehall (5-0).

Despite losing standout running back K.J. Price to graduation, the Red Raiders are 2-0 after defeating Urbana 62-7 on Aug. 30 and the Reigning Sports Academy club team 56-14 on Sept. 5.

Price was a three-time Division IV district Offensive Player of the Year.

"They have a power run game (with) big (linemen) up front," Academy coach Robin Miller said. "Their tight ends and fullbacks look just like their guards and tackles and they just want to mash people. I know they've been throwing it a little bit more than they have in the past, they're a little more diverse, but we know they want to run the ball behind their big, strong offensive line.

"It will be a big challenge for us, especially on a short week."

Quarterback Juane Gardner passed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and added 43 yards rushing and two scores to lead London against Reigning Sports Academy. Running backs Caleb Sollars (59 yards) and Antwaun Burns (56) combined for 115 yards rushing.

Burns finished fourth at 138 pounds in the Division II state wrestling tournament last season.

Academy bounced back from a 40-7 loss to perennial Division IV power Cincinnati Wyoming on Aug. 30 to defeat Division VII Newark Catholic 21-13 on Sept. 7.

Carter James rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and quarterback Brady Hess had 73 yards rushing and a score on 11 carries. Carter Warstler added 42 yards rushing and a touchdown on three attempts, as the Vikings rushed for 188 yards.

Each team had 222 yards of offense.

"It's been a great matchup for us the last few years," Miller said of facing Newark Catholic. "It's almost always close, back and forth, a grind-it-out affair. We feel fortunate to come out on the right side of things. It gives us a big boost of confidence. All of our goals are still in front of us. (Being) 1-1 certainly beats the heck out of 0-2."

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