For the first time since their freshman year, the senior players on the Bexley football team got to ring the school's victory bell.
The Lions defeated Campbell Memorial 13-6 on Sept. 6, snapping a streak of nine consecutive home losses. Their last home victory was a 31-21 decision over Whitehall on Nov. 5, 2016, in the first round of the Division III, Region 11 playoffs.
Bexley's last regular-season victory was a 16-0 win at Memorial in Week 2 last season.
"It was really exciting to get the win at home, rush over and ring the bell and be with the coaches and my teammates," senior linebacker Grant Sheridan said. "That was fun because we have waited a while to do that."
The Lions are 1-1 entering their game Friday, Sept. 13, at Hamilton Township. The Rangers defeated Bexley 26-20 in a regional semifinal in 2016, one week after that previous home win.
"They are big and fast, and it should be a good challenge for us," said Patrick Beck, a senior running back and linebacker. "Our guys are going to need to be focused this week."
The Rangers are 0-2 after losing to unbeaten Groveport 56-0 on Sept. 5. Hamilton Township was limited to 98 total yards and had only six plays in Groveport territory.
Running back Jaylan Baldwin has the lone touchdown for the Rangers this season, on a 6-yard run in a 13-8 loss to Franklin Heights on Aug. 30.
"(The Rangers) are struggling right now, but they have some good football players," coach Mike Golden said. "We'll have to be at our best."
The Lions were at their best defensively against Memorial. Sheridan broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the Bexley 11-yard line with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
"I saw the guy coming across on a drag in, so I dropped like we have been working on and went for the ball," Sheridan said. "I (dived) for (the ball) and got the wind knocked out of me because (a Memorial player) hit me pretty hard. It was worth it."
Bexley had an opportunistic first quarter, building a 13-0 lead off two turnovers. Linebacker Noah Lyons intercepted a pass at the Red Devils' 49 and returned it to the 12. One play later, Beck delivered the first of his two touchdown runs with 6:26 left in the first.
On the ensuing kickoff, Beck recovered a fumble that was forced by Lyons at the Memorial 26. Quarterback Tommy Bloebaum ran to the 4 on the first play, setting up Beck's 4-yard scoring run with 5:26 remaining in the opening quarter.
"We got off to a quick start with two touchdowns in the first quarter," Beck said. "We had some slow, methodical drives in the second half, but didn't score."
Beck finished with 26 yards on 16 carries, and Troy Redmond added 25 yards on eight carries.
Bloebaum had 11 carries for 22 yards and was 3-for-5 passing for 37 yards.
Lineman Luke Robinson led the defense with 10 tackles, and linebacker Ethan Fosnaugh had six tackles.
"We started out fast and leveled off a bit," Golden said. "It was a hard-fought game, and (the Red Devils) were way better than they were last year. They have a new staff and some really good skill kids, and I thought we did really well defensively to maintain control of the game throughout.
"Our offensive line play has to get better both in the run game and in pass protection. (Our) special teams also need to get better. We have a lot of inexperience there."
Boys golf team preps for league finale
The boys golf team will play in the MSL-Ohio Division postseason tournament Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Denison Golf Club.
The Lions are tied with Wellington for second (5-3) behind Columbus Academy (8-0).
Bexley was third (339) behind Academy (302) and Wellington (316) in the league midseason tournament Aug. 17 at Turnberry. Tyler Roberts (82), Micah Rubenstein (84) and Will Meyer (86) led the Lions.
Boys soccer team playing to draws
The boys soccer team had three ties in its first six games, standing at 1-2-3 overall and 0-0-2 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Worthington Christian on Sept. 11.
The Lions began league play Aug. 31 with a scoreless tie against Whitehall, as goalie Ben Ziegler had 10 saves.
Will Fletcher scored and Ziegler had five saves in a 1-all tie against Academy on Sept. 7 in MSL-Ohio play.
Girls soccer team out to solid start
The girls soccer team was 4-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio after defeating Zanesville Rosecrans 3-0 on Sept. 7 for their highest goal output through seven games.
Grace Heilman, Ava Joseph and Sofie Sheridan all scored, and goalkeeper Katie Jude had eight saves.
Quinn Kane scored in a 2-1 league loss to Grandview on Aug. 28. Jude had 11 saves.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bexley field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Granville
Sept. 16 -- At Olentangy
*Sept. 18 -- At Lancaster
Sept. 12 -- Heath at Westchester
Sept. 14 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 17 -- MSL-Ohio postseason at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 14 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational at Pine Hills
Sept. 17 -- MSL-Ohio postseason at Airport
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Richfield Revere
*Sept. 18 -At Buckeye Valley
*Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Columbus School for Girls
*Sept. 18 -- At Whitehall
*Sept. 12 -- At Buckeye Valley
Sept. 14 -- Wellington Cup
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Grandview
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. CSG
Sept. 14 -- Home vs. Groveport