Friday Night Live roundup: Week 2 scores and recaps

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Olentangy running back Landon Johnson (12) eludes Olentangy Berlin defensive back Justin Rader (7) during the first quarter of their Sept. 4 game at Olentangy. The Braves won 45-33.

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Columbus Academy 20, Harvest Prep 10

Columbus Academy made an early statement in the MSL-Ohio Division by defeating visiting Harvest Prep 20-10 on Sept. 4.

The loss snapped the Warriors’ 38-game winning streak in MSL play, as they fell to 1-1, while the Vikings — who dominated the time of possession, 36:59-11:01 — improved to 2-0.

“It sure feels like my biggest win here,” said Academy coach Robin Miller, who is in his sixth season. “It felt like it took forever, but that was a lot of fun and our kids deserved that.”

The Warriors struck first when Jaylen Jennings broke free for an 81-yard touchdown run on his team’s first play from scrimmage. RahShaun Goines added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

The Vikings used timely defense and a ball-control offense to go ahead 17-8 at halftime, however.

Jake Carlin’s interception helped set up Drake Bellisari’s 2-yard touchdown run, which made it 8-6 with 2 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

After taking over on downs at its 15, Academy capped an 85-yard drive with Durell Moultrie’s 8-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run from Hess for a 14-8 lead.

Parker Logan’s fumble recovery in the final minute set up Jonah Houston’s 21-yard field goal as time expired in the half.

Houston added a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to close out the Academy scoring.

“We asked them to do three things all week,” Miller said. “Run the ball, stop the ball and protect the ball — and they absolutely did it outside of that first play.”

Hess was 11-for-16 passing for 78 yards, and Sam Huyghe had six receptions for 57 yards.

Jennings rushed for 214 yards on 15 carries to lead the Warriors, who had a 279-191 advantage in total yards.

“Hats off to them, they played well,” Harvest Prep coach Milan Smith said. “We’ll be OK. It’s the nature of the beast. Today we didn’t have enough, we didn’t do enough, and they did. More credit goes to them than us.”

--Frank DiRenna

HARVEST PREP: 8-0-0-2--10

COLUMBUS ACADEMY: 6-11-0-3--20

HP—Jennings 81 run (Goines run)

CA—Bellisari 2 run (kick fails)

CA—Moultrie 8 run (Hess run)

CA—Houston 21 FG

CA—Houston 34 FG

HP—Safety, Hess runs out of end zone

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Groveport Madison 45, Reynoldsburg 14

Groveport Madison coach Mitch Westcamp chuckled when pondering whether he could have foreseen routing visiting Reynoldsburg to the point of having a running clock for most of the second half Sept. 4.

The Cruisers’ defense set the tone early, with an interception on the fourth play of the game and two defensive touchdowns in the first half to beat the Raiders 45-14 in the OCC-Buckeye Division opener for both teams.

“That’s how Reynoldsburg won their game last week. They just fly around the football and create turnovers so we told our defense, ‘Why not us?’ ” Westcamp said. “We were confident in them and our offense just pounded them.”

Delaney Wilburn returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter, Clarence Gossett IV followed that with a 35-yard interception return for a score early in the second and Jalil Underdown led an effective offense with 179 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 10 carries.

Elyjah Aekins had the first interception for Groveport, which improved to 2-0 and has outscored its opponents 83-14.

Jashaun McGraw rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries as the Cruisers outgained the Raiders 102-23 in the first quarter and 342-180 for the game.

“We’re being really physical and paying attention to everything,” Wilburn said. “We feel like people doubted us coming into this season. We’re playing really well.”

Dijon Jennings threw a 36-yard touchdown to Markez Gillam in the second quarter and James Williams scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth as Reynoldsburg fell to 1-1.

“This is going to be a wake-up call,” Raiders coach Buddy White said. “We didn’t practice and prepare the way we probably should have. We will learn from this. If they don’t play hard, this is the kind of thing that will happen.”

—Dave Purpura

Reynoldsburg: 0-7-0-7--14

Groveport Madison: 14-17-14-0--45

G—Underdown 53 run (Camara kick)

G—Wilburn 48 fumble recovery (Camara kick)

G—McGraw 15 run (Camara kick)

G—C. Gossett 35 INT return (Camara kick)

R—Gilliam 36 pass from Jennings (Miars kick)

G—Camara 27 FG

G—Underdown 46 run (Camara kick)

G—Underdown 5 run (Camara kick)

R—Williams 3 run (Miars kick)

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Central Ohio scores

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WEEK 2 SCORES

Sept. 3: Dublin Scioto 21, Worthington Kilbourne 13

Sept. 4: Dublin Coffman 24, Olentangy Liberty 17

Columbus Academy's Durell Moultrie gets past Harvest Prep's Edjay Sumo for a touchdown during the second quarter of their game at Academy on Sept. 4. The Vikings won 20-10.