Big Wins for Local Football Squads

Columbia’s Kenny Fields, No. 23, stiff arms Dupo’s Adam Nichols. Fields ran for three TDs in Columbia’s 48-8 win. (Spencer Michelson photo)

If it’s a Friday night in September, then it is time for high school football. Two local teams came out ready to play, posting big wins.

Columbia tops Dupo

Columbia hosted Dupo in a battle of Cahokia Conference foes. The Eagles remained unbeaten with a 48-8 win over the Tigers.

The game started out with a big play by Dupo. On a fourth and one from Dupo’s 6-yard line, the Tigers defensive line held strong and got the ball back for the offense. But Dupo’s offense wasn’t able to overcome a stout Columbia defense.

Columbia’s Colton Byrd recovered a fumble in the end zone with 6:45 left in the first and gave the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. Columbia outscored Dupo 48-0 before finally surrendering a point.

Drew Huebner continued his fine season as Columbia’s quarterback. He threw two TDs in the game. One was a 53-yard pass to Jonathan Holmes. The other was a 10-yard pass, again to Holmes.

The run game was also working for the Eagles. Kenny Fields ran for three TDs. Jordan Holmes also ran in a score near the goal line.

Dupo’s only score of the game came in the fourth quarter with 9:55 remaining. Drake Harvell found Taylor Stanek for a 10-yard TD pass. Harvell then ran in the two-point conversion.

Columbia remains undefeated at 3-0 as Dupo drops to 0-3 on the season.

Waterloo blasts Carbondale

In other action, Waterloo was looking for its first win of the season and did so in a big way down in Carbondale. The Bulldogs capitalized on early turnovers and big plays en route to a 41-14 victory.

Waterloo’s Mitchell Gladney dazzled with a 73-yard punt return touchdown toward the end of the first half to put the ‘Dogs up 41-0 at halftime. Quarterback Aaron Laskowski threw for 91 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 76 yards and a score in the lopsided win. Kyle Knefelkamp caught two second-quarter TD passes from Laskowski.

Waterloo improved to 1-2 on the season.

More information from both games will be available in Wednesday’s newspaper.

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