Eagles end season with loss to Althoff

Columbia and Althoff battle it out on Saturday. (Greg Stanek photo)

Columbia’s perfect season ended Saturday as they fell to the Althoff Crusaders in the first round of the IHSA playoffs before a packed house at CHS field.

Althoff got on the board first on a 30-yard TD pass from quarterback Eric Mertens to wide receiver Keenen Young to put them up 7-0 with 1:34 to go in the first quarter.

Columbia answered right back early in the second quarter when Lou Isringhaus scored on a 2-yard run.

The Crusaders would open up a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarter but Columbia kept fighting and closed the lead to 21-14 when quarterback Brock McGowan hit Cole Crissup for a 69-yard TD.

But Althoff proved too much in the end, scoring two more touchdowns to win 35-14.

“We fought hard today. We watched film on them and knew they were a good team,” Eagles head coach Scott Horner said after the game. “They made some plays and we made some plays but in the end they made a few more. Sometimes you have to tip your hat, they played a good game.”

Read more on this game in next week’s newspaper.

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