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Columbia pounds Wood River, 49-13, in season-opener

By on August 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Farris and Santanello

Charles Farris and Logan Santanello combined for 378 yards in total offense in last Friday’s 49-13 win over Wood River at Wood River High School. (Mark Hodapp photo)

So much for entering the season with only a 1 1/2 quarters of varsity experience at quarterback.

Columbia High School quarterback Logan Santanello made his first varsity start Friday, doing everything Eagles’ coach Scott Horner expected and more.

Santanello led Columbia (1-0) to a 49-13 win over Wood River (0-1) at Wood River High School. Santanello had three long touchdown runs (28, 35 and 42 yards) and threw for two more TDs as Columbia overcame six fumbles in the first half.

On Friday, Columbia will host cross-county rival Waterloo (1-0) at 7 p.m.

Ranked eighth in the Class 4A preseason state poll, Columbia got 117 yards rushing from Santanello on just six carries. The Eagles ran 25 times for 305 yards while Santanello was 8-of-10 passing for 140 yards. Charles Farris rushed for 121 yards on only nine carries. Farris’ 25-yard touchdown run with 1:24 left in the third quarter gave the Eagles a 42-7lead.

Columbia also piled up seven quarterback sacks against the Oilers.

Horner said he believes the summer conditioning program was a difference-maker in this contest. He now hopes his bunch can put together a similar performance this Friday.

“I expect to get same thing we always get from Waterloo, a hard fought game. (Waterloo coach) Dan Rose always has his team ready for this game.” Horner said his bunch cannot fumble six times and expect to beat the Bulldogs. “We are going to have to come out and play a more disciplined game against them,” he added.

On Friday night, Waterloo (1-0) beat Freeburg, 41-0, in their season-opener at Freeburg High School. But Freeburg does not have a player like Santanello or Farris, who can change a game. They combined for 378 yards in total offense last Friday.

Horner said he always knew he had a special player in Santanello.

In practice, Santanello has shown he can run and pass the ball well. On Friday night, Santanello controlled the game, impressing Horner.

Columbia has a number of other weapons on offense. Lou Isringhaus scored a 41-yard touchdown on his only carry with 4:27 to play. Cole Mallincrodt caught two passes for 68 yards. His 61-yard touchdown reception with 15 seconds left in the first period extended Columbia’s lead to 14-0. Eric Reed had three catches for 33 yards. Reed Greatting made two catches for 27 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception with 10:12 left in the third quarter.

Horner said he was also pleased with his team’s defensive effort against Wood River. “Our defense was able to shut them down the whole game,” he said.

Nick Antonini and Jared Schmidt recorded two sacks apiece.

Horner, however, doesn’t want his bunch to rest too long on their opening week laurels. “I am expecting another classic game with Waterloo,” he said.

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor