London, Academy to clash Friday


By Chris Miles - cmiles@aimmediamidwest.com



The game of the week in Madison County is actually one of the better games in all of Central Ohio this week.

Undefeated Columbus Academy (3-0) will travel to unbeaten London (3-0) in a clash of teams opening Mid-State League Ohio Division play at London’s Bowlus Field.

London is coming off a thrilling 51-47 win over Washington Court House, but won’t have any time to enjoy it. Academy has yet to allow a single point this season in its three games. It’s posted three shutout wins over Bishop Ready (31-0), Linden (42-0) and Newark Catholic (38-0).

The Viking defense has been stellar, while its offense hasn’t been too shabby.

Herman Moultrie has rushed for 415 yards and six touchdowns this season for Academy, while Saling has completed 30 of 61 passes for 295 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Herman Moultrie has rushed for 415 yards and six touchdowns this season, and Matt Saling has completed 30 of 61 passes for 295 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception.

London running back K.J. Price is coming off a memorable night, one in which he rushed for 433 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Washington Court House.

West Jefferson (3-0) at Cedarville (0-3), 7 p.m.

For anyone waiting for the undefeated Roughriders to get tested on a Friday night will have to wait a while longer.

West Jeff has been dominant in its first three contests and likely won’t be tested in this Ohio Heritage Conference match-up.

Cedarville has given up 46, 55 and 55 points in its three games, all against teams with winning records and playoff aspirations.

The ’Riders on the other hand face yet another team with a losing record. In fact the West Jeff season schedule currently has seven teams that are sporting losing records at the moment.

Don’t expect coach Shawn Buescher’s team to let up, it’s clicking on all cylinders and will look to keep getting better.

Madison-Plains (2-1) at Fairbanks (1-2), 7 p.m.

The Golden Eagles have alternated wins and losses through their first three games of the season and are coming off a 40-21 victory over Northeastern.

If the team wants to break the trend it’s going to have to go to Fairbanks and play well. The Panthers despite their losing record are actually pretty strong. Their two losses are to Benjamin Logan (34-19) and Greeneview (41-14).

In last week’s win Madison-Plains High School was able to move the ball on the ground and was able to keep Northeastern from having many big plays, those trends will likely have to continue for coach Jason Hunt’s team to move to 3-1.

Benjamin Logan (2-1) at Jonathan Alder (2-1), 7 p.m.

The Pioneers are coming off a disappointing outcome, a 28-14 loss to a good Clear Fork last Friday.

Alder will look to get back on track in its Central Buckeye Conference opener.

Benjamin Logan is coming off a 42-19 win over Upper Scioto Valley. The team also has a 34-19 win over Fairbanks this season, it’s lone setback was a 52-22 decision against West Liberty-Salem.

One constant through Alder’s first two games was its trusty ground game. Clear Fork took that away last week by stacking the line of scrimmage and forcing the Pioneers to beat them through the air. Alder quarterback Preston Eisnaugle threw for more than 300 yards but was unable to lead his team to a victory.

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By Chris Miles

cmiles@aimmediamidwest.com

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