Bexley at Columbus Academy: Lions, Vikings set for annual rivalry tilt

Scott Hennen
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Quarterback Will Cordle and Bexley are preparing for their annual rivalry matchup with Columbus Academy on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Two coaches with opposite opinions of playing on Thursday night will face off when Bexley plays an MSL-Ohio Division contest Sept. 17 at Columbus Academy.

Academy coach Robin Miller is eager for his team to erase the remnants of a 33-7 loss to Ready on Sept. 11. Lions coach Mike Golden would like the extra day for his young team to build on the offensive production it found during a 31-26 loss to Buckeye Valley on Sept. 11 in league play.

“I don’t mind the short turnaround,” said Miller, whose team is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio. “We would play on Monday or Tuesday if we could. We want to flush the Ready game out of our heads as soon as we can.”

The Silver Knights scored the first 33 points against Academy before Carter James scored on a 3-yard run with 1 minute, 31 seconds to play. Vikings quarterback Brady Hess left the game in the first half with an ankle injury, but Miller said he’s hopeful Hess will play against Bexley.

“We have to find ways to learn from (the loss),” Miller said. “We have to change our level of focus on a short week. This can be a speed bump. All of the goals we set are still in front of us."

Bexley made a switch at quarterback, as senior Will Cordle completed 14 of 28 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He connected with Tom Brown five times for 20 yards, Ethan Beckman had three catches for 20 yards, Michael Agriesti had two receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown and Tommy Bloebaum added two catches for 68 yards.

“We have a short week against a good opponent,” said Golden, whose team is 0-2 both overall and in the league. “I thought we would get better, but we’re so far behind (because of the late start from the COVID-19 coronavirus protocols) that we’re constantly trying to catch up. We did see reason for hope and had some positive energy (against Buckeye Valley).”

Great Sheridan rushed four times for 10 yards but had two touchdowns. Cordle also scored while gaining 17 yards on five carries.

“Bexley looks like a brand-new team,” Miller said. “Coach Golden brings so much structure and discipline. They’re tough, physical kids.”

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WEEK 4

BEXLEY at COLUMBUS ACADEMY

•When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

•Last meeting: 2019, Academy, 41-0

•Bexley (0-2 overall, 0-2 in MSL-Ohio) to date: Lost to Liberty Union 42-9; lost to Buckeye Valley 31-26

•Academy (2-1 overall, 2-0 in MSL-Ohio) to date: Defeated Whitehall 38-0; def. Harvest Prep 20-10; lost to Ready 33-7

•Top Lions: Michael Agriesti (WR/DB), Tommy Bloebaum (WR/QB/DB), Tom Brown (RB/WR/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 (DB)

•Top Vikings: Kyle Carlin (WR/DB), Keir Gorospe (OL/LB), Brady Hess (QB/LB), Sam Huyghe (WR/DB), Parker Logan (RB/LB), Graham Mallory (WR/DB), Gyvnn Mendenhall (OL/DL), Robert Mills (TE/DE), Durell Moultrie (WR/DB) and Chris Sugar (RB/LB)