Eagles eye playoffs after loss

Columbia defenders make a tackle during a recent home win over Salem. 

The Columbia High School football team was shut out at home on senior night, falling 19-0 to Jerseyville.

Fortunately, the Eagles live to play another day.

Columbia senior quarterback Dominic Voegele was held in check by the Jerseyville defense. He rushed for 92 yards on 22 carries (4.2 yards per carry) and went just 9-for-20 passing for 56 yards and an interception.

Meanwhile, Jerseyville running back Chase Withrow scored all three touchdowns for the Panthers (4-5).

Columbia’s defense was led by Logan Hicks, who had 10 solo tackles and three assists. Voegele recorded an interception.

Columbia (6-3) clinched a playoff spot with last week’s win at Breese Central, so now it’s on to the postseason.

The Eagles learned during the IHSA playoff pairings announcement Saturday night that they are an 11 seed in Class 4A and will face sixth seeded Murphysboro (7-2) this Friday at 7 p.m. in Murphysboro.

Also in Class 4A, Columbia’s rival Waterloo (6-3) made the playoffs as a 10 seed. Cahokia Conference foes Breese Central (7-2) and Wood River (6-3) also made the 4A playoffs as the fifth and ninth seeds, respectively.

Murphysboro opened its season with a 41-20 win over Carbondale on Aug. 26. Waterloo – which Columbia shut out 9-0 on Sept. 2 – won 35-14 over Carbondale on Sept. 9.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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