Columbia played its second rivalry game in as many weeks, hosting their neighbor to the north in the Dupo Tigers.
Columbia (3-0) scored first after a high snap forced a bad punt and the Eagles had the ball on Dupo’s 30 yard line. After a 23-yard run set the Eagles up with a first and goal, running back Camren Shewfelt punched the ball in to give Columbia a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles scored again, early in the second quarter after a fumble recovery by Jacob Topliffe gave them the ball in Dupo territory. Five plays later, Columbia quarterback Brock McGowan hit wideout Easton Huffhines for a 38-yard TD pass to put the Eagles up, 14-0. For the game, McGowan threw for two TDs and ran for another in his first action of the season.
Dupo got on the scoreboard after an interception by Corey Biggs. On first down, Tigers quarterback Brett Aldridge scrambled down the right sideline for a 35-yard touchdown to cut Columbia’s lead to 14-7 at halftime. The Tigers wasted little time scoring on their first possession of the third quarter, as Kyle LaChance rumbled 61 yards for a TD. Columbia blocked the extra point, clinging to a 14-13 lead.The Eagles Paul McClanahan drags Dupo’s Larry Scheppelman and Mike Williamson into the endzone for a TD.
“I was worried about our guys having a let down this week after our win against Waterloo last week, and it showed in the first half. We did not play well,” Eagles coach Scott Horner said after the game.
But Columbia shook off their mediocre first half and took advantage of some Dupo penalties and good field position to score on their next four possessions and open up a 42-13 lead. Dupo (0-3) would score a TD late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 42-21.
“Our kids played hard tonight and gave Columbia a fight,” Tigers coach Tim Nelson said after the game.
For a full game recap and reaction from coaches, read next week’s print edition.
Waterloo falls to Carbondale
Waterloo continued its 17-season rivalry with Carbondale, taking a drive south to battle the Terriers.
Although the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first with a Ryan Aycock field goal in the first quarter, it was the Terriers’ night as they won, 40-17. Carbondale quarterback Justin Hoffmann had a career night with 357 total passing yards and five touchdown passes to just one interception.
Rick Wiegand led Waterloo’s rushing offense with 81 yards and a touchdown, while Austin Campbell totaled 71 yards receiving and scored the second Bulldogs touchdown.
Waterloo falls to 1-2 on the season while Carbondale improves to 3-0.
In other area high school football action from Friday, Red Bud lost at home to Carlyle, 37-12.