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Eagles bounce back with road win

By on September 23, 2017 at 12:54 am

Columbia’s Josh Marion runs with the ball earlier this season.

The Columbia football team rebounded in a big way Friday night on the road at Carlyle, winning 64-28.

The win puts the Eagles back above .500 at 3-2 following last week’s crushing loss at home to Wesclin.

Carlyle actually scored first in this high-scoring affair on a one-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Eagles answered quickly though, as quarterback Nic Horner ran in from five yards out to make it a 7-6 game at the 2:17 mark.

Early in the second quarter, Horner connected with Jared Germain on a 29-yard TD strike to give Columbia the lead. Carlyle answered with a 76-yard TD pass play.

With just more than seven minutes left in the half, Donovan Bieber scored the first of three rushing TDs on the night, this one from 15 yards out. Bieber finished the game with 200 yards rushing on 23 carries in place of the injured Colton Byrd.

A 15-yard TD catch by Jordan Holmes put the Eagles up 27-16 at halftime.

Horner scored again on another QB sneak, which was followed by a 76-yard TD run by Carlyle. Bieber then rumbled 49 yards for a score, and the Eagles closed out the third quarter with a Germain field goal to go up 43-22 entering the final frame.

Bieber scored again to start the fourth quarter, and the Eagles added scores by Dalton Tieman at 5:02 and Matt Muehlher on a fumble recovery to coast to victory.

Horner finished with 12-for-23 passing and two touchdowns to go along with his two rushing scores.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.