Bexley: Lions look to be more physical after opening loss

Scott Hennen
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Kicker Sam Powers and Bexley will play host to Buckeye Valley on Friday, Sept. 11.

Coach Mike Golden would like to see his Bexley football team become more physical as it enters its home opener Friday, Sept. 11, against Buckeye Valley in an MSL-Ohio Division contest.

The Lions lost 42-9 at Liberty Union on Sept. 4 in league play in their first game.

“After only one week of contact in practice, it’s difficult to play a game,” Golden said. “We’re glad that we got to play and we learned some lessons, mainly to be more prepared physically.”

Buckeye Valley is winless through two games, including a 20-6 loss to Ready on Sept. 4. Quarterback Anthony Hughes was 13-for-29 passing for 109 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His touchdown was a 26-yarder to wide receiver Alex Contreras in the fourth quarter.

Hughes ran for 37 yards on 10 carries to lead the ground game for Buckeye Valley, which is 0-1 in the MSL-Ohio. Contreras caught six passes for 62 yards.

“(The Barons) are very similar to what we saw from them last year,” Golden said. “They’re a big team that runs a lot of spread on offense. Defensively, you’ll see a 4-6 or a straighter defense. They have a lot of variety on defense.”

The Lions used three quarterbacks against Liberty Union. Will Cordle was 8-for-13 passing for 61 yards, Jon Spiess was 4-for-8 for 22 yards and Tommy Bloebaum connected on two of his four passes for 15 yards.

Dominic Gutter had four catches for 34 yards, and Ethan Beckman added four receptions for 31 yards.

Noah Lyons led the running game with 18 yards on five carries. He scored Bexley’s lone touchdown while playing linebacker when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 7 yards.

Sam Powers kicked a 32-yard field goal.

“I would say Noah Lyons ran the ball hard, and he played good defense,” Golden said. “We threw the ball well and defended the pass well. It was the physical nature of the game. That’s what we have to improve on — running the ball and stopping the run.”

Defensively, linebacker Grant Sheridan had eight tackles and Lyons had seven. Michael Agriesti and Bloebaum both had five tackles at defensive back, and defensive lineman Phillip Martin also had five. Defensive back Tom Brown had an interception.

“We have to remember all of the techniques that we learn in practice, and we need to stay focused and push harder with every play,” Martin said. “We have to be more physical and not give up. As long as we keep giving it our all as a team, we can keep getting better and continue to move forward.”

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WEEK 3

BUCKEYE VALLEY at BEXLEY

*When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

*Last meeting: 2019, Bexley, 24-13

*Buckeye Valley (0-2 overall, 0-1 in MSL-Ohio) to date: Lost to Harvest Prep 56-25; lost to Ready 20-6

*Bexley (0-1 overall, 0-1 in MSL-Ohio) to date: Lost to Liberty Union 42-9

*Top Barons: Keegan Allen (OL/DL), Andre Ash (RB/WR/LB), Alex Contreras (WR/DB/P), Dalton Dodds (WR/DB), Fletcher Holquist (OL/DL/LB), Anthony Hughes (QB/DB), Carson Vaulx (LB) and Will Weinberg (TE/LB)

*Top Lions: Michael Agriesti (WR/DB), Tommy Bloebaum (QB/DB), Will Cordle (QB/DB), Joe Callaghan (OL/DL), Noah Lyons (RB/LB), Phillip Martin (OL/DL), Sam Powers (K), Grant Sheridan (RB/LB) and Jonathan Spiess (QB/DB)