After more than two seasons, the Bexley football team has collected a league victory.
The Lions had lost 11 consecutive MSL-Ohio Division games before defeating Liberty Union 21-12 on Sept. 27 to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the league. They now turn their focus to Buckeye Valley, where they play Friday, Oct. 4, in another league contest.
Bexley's previous league victory was a 28-6 decision against Grandview on Oct. 28, 2016.
"It was great for us to get that first league win," said senior Patrick Beck, who plays running back and linebacker. "This was our first league win since my freshman year and it's the first league win ever (in high school) for some of these guys. The league looks really tough right now."
The Barons are 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the MSL-Ohio. They lost to Harvest Prep 40-3 on Sept. 20 in their league opener before falling to Ready 28-21 on Sept. 27.
Buckeye Valley was a member of the Central Buckeye League with Bexley from 1977-90. The teams last played a league game in 1989, with the Lions winning 38-14.
The teams met at Buckeye Valley two years ago, with the Barons winning 37-6.
"It's a proud program and they have decent size," coach Mike Golden said. "They will be a battle for us. Every game is a battle for us. They gave Ready a good game. They are a bigger school and they will have some (good players)."
Against Ready, quarterback Andy Anthony threw for a score, ran for another and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Hughes. Anthony rushed for 25 yards on 12 carries and was 4-for-15 passing for 61 yards with an interception.
Running back Andre Ash rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, linebacker Carson Vaulx had seven tackles.
Troy Redmond led Bexley against Liberty Union with 107 yards rushing on 12 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown. Beck added 75 yards on 11 carries with a 48-yard score.
"We did some good things, and we're getting more consistent on the offensive line," Golden said. "(The linemen) were very inexperienced coming into the season so they keep getting better as we go along."
Junior quarterback Tommy Bloebaum was out with a knee injury, so freshman Jon Spiess took over. He completed one of his two pass attempts for 15 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.
"We had a lot of great blocking (against Liberty Union) and that helped us pick up some long runs," Beck said. "I had a long run, Troy had a long run and Jon Spiess had a nice touchdown run for us.
"We have really improved (on the line) from last year. Coach (Dan) Bjelac has done a great job of getting them ready."