Horners lead Eagles to victory

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The Horner twins turned in a game for the ages Friday night for the undefeated Columbia High School football team.

The Eagles improved to 7-0 on the season with a 56-18 homecoming game victory over Breese Central.

Senior quarterback Nic Horner threw for six touchdowns – four to twin brother Sam Horner – and ran for another score on the night. 

Sam Horner led the Eagles defense with eight tackles and three assists.

Nic and Sam are the sons of longtime Eagles head football coach Scott Horner. 

The scoring started with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Nic to Sam at 9:48 of the first quarter.

Nic then ran it in from three yards out at 6:06 of the first quarter for a 14-0 Eagles lead.

Following a 22-yard TD pass by Breese Central, the Horner twins connected for two straight TD pass plays to give Columbia the 28-6 lead.

The Cougars closed out the first half with a short TD pass of their own.

In the third quarter, Columbia senior running back Donavan Bieber scored on a 47-yard run at 10:30. 

Following an 11-yard TD strike by the Cougars, Bieber caught a pass and scored from 55 yards out at 2:28 of the third quarter.

Bieber finished with 103 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Londyn Little also got into the act for the Eagles, scoring on a 47-yard reception to end the quarter.

The Horner twins struck again in the fourth quarter, connecting on a 44-yard pass play.

For the night, Nic Horner was 11-for-12 passing for 262 yards and six TDs with no interceptions. 

He has now thrown for 1,175 yards and 17 TDs this season with only one interception. 

His six TD passes is a single-game record at Columbia, bringing his school record career total to 50. He went over 4,000 career passing yards in the game, adding to another one of his school records.

With his four TD catches on the night, Sam Horner broke the single-game record previously held by Jordan Holmes, Brandon Prior and Joe Streepy.

Sam is now second in career receiving TDs at Columbia with 20, third in career receiving yards with 1,226 and fifth in career receptions with 69.

Sam Horner also led the Columbia defense with 11 total tackles (eight tackles, three assists), followed by homecoming king Eli Wagner with nine tackles.

Will Denny recorded an interception and Dawson Sukup collected a sack for the Eagles, who play at Red Bud (4-3) this Friday.

For the season, Columbia has outscored its opponents by the score of 309-38.

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