Coach Robin Miller has his Columbus Academy football team knocking on the door of the postseason, but before that, its focus must be on its "biggest rival."
The Vikings visit Bexley on Friday, Nov. 1, for their MSL-Ohio Division and regular-season finale. They were projected to be fifth in Division V, Region 19 this week and would clinch a playoff spot with a victory, according to joeeitel.com.
The top eight teams qualify for the postseason and the top four earn first-round home games.
"We're happy with where we're at and we're focused on beating Bexley," said Miller, whose team is 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the MSL-Ohio. "They're our biggest rival.
"That rivalry will be reinvigorated with (first-year) coach (Mike) Golden. He has a super-experienced staff, and they will have their kids ready to play. It's senior night for them and their last home game, so it will be a big challenge."
The Lions are 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the league. They lost to Ready 35-14 on Oct. 25 as Troy Redmond rushed for 91 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.
"Any team that runs wing-T principles (on offense) can give you problems," Miller said. "They run a wing-T with different window dressing.
"(Redmond) has really kept improving, and they even do some wildcat stuff with him. They also have some big, physical linemen."
Jon Speiss was 5-for-10 passing for 64 yards and one touchdown against Ready, and Patrick Beck rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries and had 6.5 tackles. Carter Brenner had six tackles and Michael Agriesti had an interception.
"We started out OK and competed well for a while, but (Ready) physically got the upper hand," Golden said.
Academy defeated Grandview 28-7 on Oct. 25 in league play as Brady Hess was 11-for-18 passing for 141 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Carter Warstler caught six passes for 117 yards and two scores, and Carter James had 77 yards rushing on 14 carries.
"They have a lot of good football players with a good quarterback who can throw and run," Golden said. "I think they are the most balanced team in our league, passing and running about 50 percent of the time.
"The kids have explained to me that they are a big rival, so hopefully we can rise to the occasion."