Eagles cruise again, 55-14 over Red Bud

Jared Germain runs for extra yardage following a reception in the first half of Friday's game. (Alan Dooley photo)

Jared Germain runs for extra yardage following a reception in the first half of Friday’s game. (Alan Dooley photo)

The Columbia football team turned way another opponent in dominating fashion on Friday night, rolling past Red Bud at home, 55-14.

The game was billed as a potential offensive shootout, as both teams averaged well over 40 points per game on the season. Red Bud scored 67 points in last week’s win. But someone forgot to tell Columbia’s defense, which smothered the Musketeers’ offensive attack from the beginning on Friday and never let up.

Offensively, Colton Byrd turned in another impressive performance for the 8-0 Eagles, rushing for 249 yards and three touchdowns. Columbia quarterback Greg Long finished with 11-for-15 passing for 138 yards and three TDS — two to Liam Knox — and rushed for another score. He also kicked two field goals, one of which was from 43 yards out.

Mitch Daniels caught the other TD pass for Columbia.

Owen Suedkamp, Cole Napier, Blake Wagner and Dylan Hildebrand led the Columbia defense, which imposed its will on a high-powered offense for the second straight week.

The Eagles, who clinched another Cahokia Conference title and a first round home playoff game with Friday’s win, close the regular season at home against Jerseyville next week.

Red Bud was playing without its star running back, Ryan Hess, who sat out with an ankle injury.

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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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