The Columbia and Waterloo football teams both ended the regular season with losses Friday night. The Eagles live to play another week, however, while the Bulldogs put the wraps on a winless 2018 campaign.
Columbia (7-2) fell 36-28 at home on senior night to the Jerseyville Panthers (5-4), who needed a victory to qualify for the playoffs.
Jerseyville took a 20-14 advantage into the third quarter following a back-and-forth first half. The Panthers went up 35-14 early in the fourth quarter before the Horner twins — quarterback Nic and wide receiver Sam — connected on touchdowns of 20 and 39 yards to make it close late.
Nic Horner finished with a pair of TD throws and a TD run for the Eagles. Ronnie Hunsaker scored the other TD on a short run in the first half.
Columbia learned Saturday night that it will host Freeburg (7-2) in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. The game takes place 2 p.m. Saturday at CHS, and will be a rematch of a Sept. 28 contest won by the Eagles in thrilling fashion, 38-34.
In Breese, Waterloo fell behind 21-0 at Mater Dei and trailed 41-14 before eventually losing by the score of 55-27. The Bulldogs ended their season at 0-9. The last time the program finished 0-9 was 1999, which was head coach Steve Sergesketter’s final season. Dan Rose has coached the Bulldogs ever since.
Senior running back Dalton Viglasky closed out a stellar Bulldogs football career with TD runs of 18, 43 and 32. Tyson Roedl added a 30-yard TD score for Waterloo.
In other local football action, Red Bud ended its season with a 20-19 loss to Sparta and Dupo ended its 2018 campaign with a 20-0 loss at Madison on Saturday afternoon.