The Columbus Academy football team was hurt by big plays in the first half of a 41-10 loss at Amanda-Clearcreek in the first round of the Division V, Region 19 playoffs Nov. 9.

The fifth-seeded Vikings finished 7-4, while the fourth-seeded Aces improved to 9-2 and will play top-seeded Ironton (10-1) in a regional semifinal Nov. 16.

“We got smacked in the mouth in the first half,” Academy coach Robin Miller said. “It’s not the result we wanted, but I’m proud of the fight we showed in the second half.”

Amanda-Clearcreek quarterback Peyton Madison led his team’s big-play offense in the first half. He set the tone early by breaking free for a 61-yard run on his team’s first play from scrimmage to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Alex Fairchild.

Later in the half, Madison scored on a 66-yard run and threw a pair of touchdown passes (37 and 35 yards) to Jeff Bolin. Madison finished with 186 yards rushing on only eight carries.

Sam Massick made a 24-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter for the Vikings, who trailed 35-3 at halftime.

Academy drove into Amanda-Clearcreek territory two other times in the first half but turned the ball over on downs both times.

The Vikings’ Philip Soderberg scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter to make it 35-10 before Fairchild closed the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard touchdown run.

Academy quarterback Brady Hess completed 19 of 33 passes for 234 yards.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final COLUMBUS ACADEMY 0 3 7 0 10 AMANDA-CLEARCREEK 14  21 0 6  41 

AC—Fairchild 2 run (Weaver kick)

AC—Bolin 35 pass from Madison (Weaver kick)

CA—Massick 24 FG

AC—Fairchild 21 run (Weaver kick)

AC—Madison 66 run (Weaver kick)

AC—Bolin 37 pass from Madison (Weaver kick)

CA—Soderberg 2 run (Massick kick)

AC—Fairchild 35 run (kick failed)