It was a good night to be a fan of local football on Friday, as Columbia and Dupo notched homecoming victories and Waterloo won a tough road match.
Playing in the second annual Armed Forces Classic at Mascoutah High School, the Waterloo Bulldogs overcame sloppy field conditions to defeat the Indians 28-14, evening their record on the season at 2-2.
The Indians came out strong, with quarterback Noah Dressler launching a 68-yard pass for the first play of the game and sending running back Misikei Thomsen into the end zone on the next play. Waterloo would get the ball at their 39-yard line, and Austin Campbell, Zack Schad and Bret Weigand combined offensive efforts to even the score, 7-7.
Mascoutah got on the board one more time in the first half, taking a 14-7 lead, as well as the momentum of the game, into halftime. But a failed onside kick by the Indians in the opening drive of the second half put the ball in Waterloo’s hands, and from there the game belonged to the Bulldogs.
They would go on to score 21 unanswered points as their defense shut down the Indians and their running game, punctuated by a several long passes by quarterback Zach Schaab, managed the clock and kept the ball largely out of the Indians’ hands for the duration of the game.
Columbia hosted Wesclin for their homecoming game, defeating the Warriors 48-14 and bringing their undefeated record to 4-0. Lou Isringhaus had a big night, running in three of the Eagles’ seven touchdowns.
Wesclin struggled in the first half to make a first down, but scored in the final minutes of the half to get on the board and take a score of 41-6 into halftime. The pace slowed considerably for the second half, with each team getting on the board one more time.
Dupo also had a successful homecoming game, as the Tigers and new head coach Tim Nelson got their first win of the season, defeating Red Bud 28-12.
Waterloo will host Civic Memorial for their homecoming game Sept. 27, while Columbia travels to Carlyle, Dupo travels to Wesclin, and Red Bud plays Freeburg at home.
Additional reporting by Greg Stanek.
Read next week’s issue of the Republic-Times for more on these games and other sports events happening around the county.