On Friday night, Waterloo faced a high-powered Highland offense that scored early and often in the football Battle of the Bulldogs.
Highland (7-0) took a 27-10 lead into the half, with Waterloo still in the game thanks to a couple of big stops by their defense. But Highland quickly pulled away, scoring 21 second-half points to Waterloo’s seven, for a final score of 48-17. Waterloo falls to 3-4 on the season and 2-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
It was a different result in Columbia, as the Eagles topped Breese Central at home in a game much closer than the 24-6 final might indicate. The Eagles reached the endzone on their first possession, but wouldn’t score another touchdown until the fourth quarter. It was their defense that kept them in the game, stopping Central after each of three turnovers and keeping them scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Columbia extended its perfect record to 7-0 with the win.
“Our defense stepped up huge,” Eagles head coach Scott Horner said. “We kept giving them field position and turned the ball over way too much.”
Columbia running back Lou Isringhaus scored two touchdowns on the night.
In other local football action, Dupo fell to Carlyle at home, 42-14, and Red Bud easily defeated Wood River, 42-0.
For a complete wrap up of these games, read next week’s Republic-Times newspaper.