The London Middle School eighth grade football team played a full four quarter game at Columbus Academy Vikings Junior High team. The schools then played a shortened two-quarter game between the seventh grades. This format has been used for several years by Academy in their junior high program.
The London Middle School eighth grade Raiders traveled to Columbus Academy Monday, Oct. 9, and topped the Vikings 36-0.
London scored all of its points in the first half and the game was finished up under the OHSAA “running clock rule.”
Antwuan Burns reeled off four straight touchdowns on a 58-yard punt return, a 46-yard rush, a 5-yard run and a 24-yard pass reception from Dylan Combs. Richard Dodson scored on a 25-yard blocked punt return after a Trey Russell blocked the kick. Combs had four extra points and Ayden Cooper had a 2-point conversion.
Carson Greenhill had four tackles to lead the Red Raiders defense, Russell had three tackles. Isaiah Jones, Burns and Dodson each had two tackles. Brady Fisher had a pair of interceptions and Jonathan Schooley had one pick.
London moves to 7-0 and ends the season Tuesday against Harvest Prep at home immediately after the seventh grade game.
The visiting London Middle School seventh graders lost their shortened game to the Vikings 8-6.
The Red Riders scored in the first quarter on a pass from Brady Carter to Jacob Payne, but failed to score the extra points.
Academy answered back with a 65 yard drive that featured a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to make the final score 8-6. London had a big catch by Tim Seagle on Academy’s 2-yard line called back by penalty on the next to last play of the game.
Seagle rushed for 69 yards and Carter was 3 for 4 in the passing department for the Red offense. Seagle was the Red’s leading tackler and was backed up by Sean Johns, John Narewski and Carter.
The seventh graders are now 4-1-1 on the season and finish the year Tuesday at home against Greenview, starting at 5 p.m.
Jim Smith is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.