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Bowling Green Uses Third Quarter Surge to Beat Idaho, 21-13

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO — The Bowling Green Falcons scored two touchdowns in 1:15 of the third quarter to break open a close game and propel the Falcons to a 21-13 home opening win over Idaho. It was business as usual for Coach Dave Clawson, who raised his record in Doyt L. Perry Stadium openers to 4-0. The Falcons are now 1-1, following a solid effort in a loss to Florida last week, and the Vandals fell to 0-2.

(courtesy BGSU athletics)

Dominique Blackman, held out of the Vandals’ week one 20-3 loss to Eastern Washington, passed for 352 yards on 30 of 37 passes, but the Falcon defense — tackle Chris Jones would finish with 2.5 tackles for a loss — stiffened in the red zone, forcing Idaho to settle for three field goal attempts, missing one.

The two teams combined for 635 yards passing — Bowling Green’s Matt Schilz was 24 of 35 for 283 yards — but only 96 yards rushing, and hurt themselves with 22 penalties for 172 yards.

The Falcons scored on their second possession of the game, going 67 yards in five plays. Schilz connected on a 42 yard pass to a double-covered Shaun Joplin on first down to the Vandals’ 25, and four plays later, Anthon Samuel bounced off the middle of the line and scooted in from four yards out. Samuel set a Falcon freshman record last year with 844 yards rushing. Joplin finished with seven catches for 117 yards.

The Vandals’ deepest advance in the first half was their own 41 until late in the second quarter. They went 77 yards in 11 plays to get on the board on a 20 yard Trey Farquhar field goal with 1:48 left. The Falcons’ decision not to settle for a 7-3 lead at the half backfired when Schilz fumbled on his own 32. Farquhar added a 22 yard field goal with :15 left to cut it to 7-6 at intermission. Ryland Ward of Columbus Brookhaven High School forced the field attempt by breaking up Blackman’s third down pass at the Falcons’ 5 yard line.

QB Matt Schilz (courtesy BGSU)

Farquhar has the second most field goals in Idaho history, but missed a 36 yard attempt on the opening drive of the second half, ending a 12 play drive at the Falcons’ 19.

That’s what kick-started the Falcons’ two-TD outburst. They went 80 yards in nine plays, capped by Samuel’s second TD run, 29 yards on a draw play. Another 37 yards in the drive came on a reception by Chris Gallon on the left sideline.

The Falcons executed the tip drill on the next play, with three defenders batting a Blackman pass before Josh Pettus gathered it in at the Vandals’ 28. Three plays later, Schilz hit Je’Ron Stokes with a short pass over the middle, and Stokes took it in from 15 yards.

RB Anthon Samuel (courtesy BGSU)

The Vandals cut it to 21-13 with 6:22 left in the game, going 78 yards in seven plays, capped off by Blackman’s 16 yard lob to Marquan Major in the left corner of the end zone. The drive was set up by an interception by Solomon Dixon at their own 22. They got the ball back with 3:41 left, but on the first play, Jahrie Level lost the ball after his tenth catch of the game, on a hit by Paul Swan at his own 33.

Columbus Academy too much for Bexley on Senior Night; Vikings get piece of MSL Ohio Division title

Photos by Stuart Mason

Ben Bechtel with his parents

Stephen Casey & parents

The Columbus Academy Vikings thought they missed out on a chance to tie or even win the Ohio Division of the Mid-State League when they lost last Tuesday at Granville.

Adding to that disappointment was the fact that Newark Catholic beat Heath to take a half-game lead.

The two teams, Academy and Newark Catholic split their two meetings this season.

Friday night February 17 came around and it was Senior Night and the Vikings were hosting arch-rival Bexley and the game was on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, where Academy always plays well.

Jacob Mikalov with his parents

Tim Eldridge and his parents

Academy head coach Chris Jones knew he needed his team to respond to the challenge of Senior Night and the chance to tie for the MSL Ohio Division title.

The Vikings left no doubt that they were re-focused with a resounding 79-54 win over Bexley.

The Vikings not only came away with the win but also a tie for the MSL Ohio title with Newark Catholic who lost to Licking Valley.

Licking Valley simply destroyed the Green Wave, 60-40 as Ricky Wilson scored 20 and Hayden Ourant added 19.

The Vikings’ five senior played the final home game of their careers and leave a winner: Ben Bechtel, Stephen Casey, Jacob Mikalov, Tim Eldridge and Zach Ratcliff.

Zach Ratcliff and his parents

The Vikings started the game on a mission. They got the ball relentlessly inside to take advantage of the fact that they have taller players that are hard to defend: Mikalov at 6’8, Daniel Aronowitz, Aakaash Paladuga and Ratcliff who are all 6’4. Bexley’s has no one over 6’4 and their best defender is Jalen Robinette, and even he had problems defending under the basket.

Mikalov took control of the game for Academy with 13 points in the first quarter as the Vikings push out to a 24-12 lead.

The halftime score was 38-20 Academy.

The third quarter ended with the Vikings up 59-37 and they cruised from their.

Head coach Chris Jones has done a great job with the Academy program

The Buckeye Muffler & Brake Player of the Game was Mikalov who led all scorers with a career-high 31 points with eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

Mikalov had plenty of help in the scoring column as Eldridge scored 12 points, Aronowitz and Ratcliff with 11 each.

The Vikings were 19 of 26 from the free throw line and they committed just 11 turnovers. They ended the regular season at 16-4 overall, 12-2 in the MSL Ohio.

The Bexley Lions ended the regular season a disappointing at 7-13, 4-10.

The Lions were led by Sam Nolan with 13 and Robinette with 12.

Bexley could not create free throw opportunities as they were only 2 of 6 and only had 7 turnovers.

Bexley does not have the stable of players like they had during their glory days. The past 5 years, they’ve had Jon Primes, who graduated last year, and Robinette, and no one else to go with them.

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Mid-State League battle tonight at 7:30 as Bexley visits Academy on H.S. BOUNCE


Tonight on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, we travel back to the Mid-State League, Ohio Division as the Bexley Lions travel to Gahanna to take on the Columbus Academy Vikings at 7:30 p.m.

The game can be heard LIVE right here on the website by going to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner, click it and scroll down to the February 17 game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 10 minutes before the game with our usual information. The game will be archived forever on that page to listen to anytime.

Bexley, a Division II school comes into the game at 6-13, 4-9 in the MSL Ohio Division under head coach Dave Gustin.

Columbus Academy, under head coach Chris Jones, has a 15-4, 11-2 record and are a Division III school.

Academy won the first game in the series back on Friday, January 20 at Bexley, 52-50. The Vikings had to battle back all night long but won it in the 4th quarter by holding the Lions to only 6 points.



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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Academy gets ready for Hartley with 88-27 pasting of Lakewood


Game report from Glenna Coon


(file photo)

A year ago at this time, the Lakewood Lancers did not have a win at all.

But this season they’ve improved and now have five. But they were no match for the Columbus Academy Vikings on Tuesday night, in losing 88-27.

The Vikings will play Hartley tonight at home and you can hear the game on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Jones’ Vikings pushed out to a 18-4 advantage in the first quarter; 43-8 at the half, 73-20 at the end of three and the game was over.

The Vikings were led by Jacob Mikalov with 17 points and Aakaash Paladuga with 12.

Academy is 14-2 overall, 11-1 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division. Lakewood drops to 5-13, 2-10.


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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Academy takes care of Newark Catholic, 62-48

Game report from Harold Corbin


(file photo)

The Columbus Academy Vikings under head coach Chris Jones are tough to beat on their home court.

On Tuesday night, the Vikings took down an old nemesis and fellow Mid-State Ohio Division rival, Newark Catholic Green Wave, 62-48.

The win improves Academy to 11-2, 7-1 while the Green Wave drop to a solid 11-2, 7-1 as well. The division comes down to these two teams.

Zach Ratcliffe scored 16 points and Daniel Aronowitz 15 to force a tie in the division.

Newark Catholic was led by Jett Speelman who knocked down 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

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