The Columbia High School football team was tired of being blown out the first two weeks of this season, so it decided to turn the tables on its opponent Friday night.
The Eagles blasted Marquette at home, 48-14. Columbia led 20-0 after the first quarter and 48-0 at halftime.
“It was a much-needed win and our players responded very well to having their backs against the wall,” Columbia head coach Scott Horner said.
Entering the game, the Eagles had suffered losses to Mascoutah, 42-14, and Waterloo, 49-6.
“Our execution was much better on both sides of the ball and we tackled much better,” Horner assessed. “We were able to take advantage of great field position all night and punch in some early TDs, giving our kids confidence.”
It was a big night for Columbia’s Kyle McConachie. He scored five total touchdowns – all in the first half. McConachie rushed for three scores, caught a TD pass and added a “pick six” interception return.
In total, McConachie had 97 yards rushing, 31 yards receiving, 40 yards in punt returns and 35 yards on the interception return.
“McConachie had an outstanding night, Horner said of the 5-foot-9, 140-pound senior. “He is a special player and has a knack for the ball. He plays much bigger than what the program says. Credit also to our O-line for giving him seams all night.”
Columbia quarterback Dom Voegele had a solid game, going 11-of-17 passing for 133 yards and two TDs to go along with 73 yards rushing. He also recorded an interception on defense.
Drew Megginson was Voegele’s top target in the passing game, finishing with 70 receiving yards.
In addition to the two INTs, Columbia’s defense had quarterback sacks from Owen Brewer and Joe Kish.
The Eagles (1-2) will look to get to .500 with a game at Roxana (1-2) this Friday night. The Shells lost 38-0 at Civic Memorial on Friday.
“Roxana will be another test of wills,” Horner said. “They are aggressive and I see the game being a physical one. We have to travel to Roxana, so overcoming a bus ride is another challenge. Our kids will be ready.”
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