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Waterloo tops Columbia in rivalry game

By on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

By MARK HODAPP, Sports Editor

Friday night’s rainy weather didn’t seem to bother the Waterloo Bulldogs.

Waterloo (2-0) beat Columbia (1-1) on the first varsity football game ever played on the new turf multi-purpose field at Columbia High School.

Columbia fumbled six times, losing the ball on three occasions, and had two passes intercepted.

In contrast, Waterloo had zero turnovers.

“They had some turnovers last week, and we were hoping that if we tackled solid and played solid defense and didn’t give up big plays to their offense,” Waterloo coach Dan Rose said. “The turnovers were a big deal.”

The Eagles tied the score at 7-7 when Logan Santanello fumbled on a run inside the 10-yard line and Evan Dake fell on the loose ball in the endzone for a touchdown with 8:43 left in the second quarter.

One of Columbia’s turnovers led directly to a touchdown, as Bulldogs  cornerback Aaron Bommarito scooped up a fumble and ran seven yards to the endzone with 7:34 left in the first half, giving Waterloo a 14-7 lead.

In spite of the game starting about 15 minutes late, Waterloo took the opening kickoff and embarked on a 14-play, 66-yard scoring drive to begin the game. Quarterback Arik Bueltman capped the drive by throwing his first of two touchdown passes to Ethan Ruff.

Columbia made a late comeback. Santanello scored on his seven-yard run, making the score 21-14.

But Waterloo recovered the ensuing on-side kick.

To get the in-depth story and complete break-down of the game, make sure and pick up a copy of this week’s Republic-Times newspaper.

To view the video highlights from the game, click here.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.