Coming off its most impressive effort of the season, Columbus Academy football coach Robin Miller is confident his team will avoid a letdown Friday, Oct. 11, at winless Buckeye Valley.

The Vikings rebounded from a 45-24 loss to Harvest Prep on Sept. 27 to defeat Ready 35-14 on Oct. 3 at home.

Buckeye Valley, which is in its first season in the MSL-Ohio Division, fell to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the league with a 24-13 loss to visiting Bexley on Oct. 4.

Academy is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

"They'll be tough and it's a new, unfamiliar opponent," Miller said.

"We'll get back to work. It doesn't matter who's across from us, it's about us and getting ourselves right and executing our stuff. Our kids don't focus on (Buckeye Valley being winless)."

The Barons compete in Division III, Region 11 and Academy plays in Division V, Region 19. The Vikings were projected to be seventh in the region this week. The top eight teams qualify for the postseason.

Academy led Ready 14-7 before opening the second half with a pair of scoring drives to take control. Quarterback Brady Hess rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 93 yards and a score.

"We're on the rise now," Hess said. "We're scratching the surface. We can improve a lot. This is a good start."

Carter James added 61 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Sam Huyghe had 51 yards receiving and a touchdown.

For the season, Hess has passed for 506 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 234 yards and three scores.

"This team can get better," Miller said. "We know what they can do.

"We're just scratching the surface of how good this team can be."

Quarterback Andy Anthony led Buckeye Valley against Bexley, completing 17 of 30 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Contreras had eight catches for 121 yards and a score.

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