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Vikings Flood Green Wave

The Vikes celebrate their win with Mr. Street (David Cooperman’20)

On Saturday, September 8, the Columbus Academy football team earned its first win of the season over Newark Catholic, 21-13, behind a tenacious defensive effort.

The Vikes started out the game hot, with sophomore Carter James breaking free for a long touchdown run on the second play of the game to give CA an early lead. 

The defense then flexed their might, forcing a punt. This began the defensive standoff, as the Green Wave picked off junior quarterback Brady Hess on the ensuing possession. 

Newark Catholic then drove down the field, but Academy forced a fumble on the goal-line to maintain its 7-0 lead. 

The Vikings’ offense was again unable to put anything together, punting the ball away. The Green Wave was able to capitalize on the following drive, piecing together a long touchdown drive. Their kicker missed the extra point, allowing the Vikes to maintain a one point lead.

After this, it was a battle of the defenses, with the teams exchanging punts until a botched field goal attempt ended the half with the Vikes holding onto their slim lead, 7-6.

Hess had a huge start to the second half, recovering a fumble on the Green Wave’s opening drive and then leading Academy down the field, scrambling for a touchdown to make the game 14-6.

Newark Catholic drove down the field after getting the ball back, but CA forced yet another goal-line fumble to keep points off the board. Two plays later, Hess threw an interception to a Green Wave lineman, who had a short return to score. They converted the extra point to make it 14-13. 

After this short burst of scoring, the defenses clamped down, with both teams punting the ball back and forth.

With 3 minutes left, senior H-back Carter Warstler broke the stalemate, taking off for a long touchdown run to give the Vikes an 8 point lead.

The Green Wave still had a chance to tie the game, but junior linebacker Vaughn Armour made a fantastic play on fourth down, batting down a pass to clinch the game.

This win pushes the Vikes to 1-1 on the season, and they will look to make it 2-1 on Friday, September 13, at London.

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September 18, 2019