HUNTINGTON – The Columbia City football team (3-1) defeated Huntington North 20-10 Friday night.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Columbia City head coach Brett Fox. “We have a lot to learn from. We didn’t take advantage of a lot of opportunities, which is uncharacteristic of us, and have a lot to work on and we’ll learn from watching film.”
Columbia City (3-1) wasted little time driving the ball down the field. Jacob Bolt connected on the first third down of the night into Viking territory. Jacob Wigent ran for huge yardage, but a chop block call sent to Eagles back to where they started.
Columbia City punted, but the Vikings fumbled on the second offensive play of the game. The Eagles received the ball on the Vikings’ 27-yard line. A pass interference call set the Eagles on the 13-yard line. Wigent scored on an eight-yard carry. The PAT was no good, and the Eagles were up 6-0 early in the game.
Huntington North was forced to punt on a three-and-out during their next possession. Columbia City led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, but the Vikings were driving.
Columbia City stopped the Vikings in their territory on a third down, with a sack from Curtis Winebrenner. Huntington North kicked a field goal to make the score 6-3.
The Eagles one-upped the Vikings with a 75-yard touchdown run by Wigent, for his second touchdown of the night. Jacob Bolt ran to the right pylon for a successful two-point conversion. The Eagles led 14-3.
The Vikings opened their next drive with a 30-yard run, but were eventually stopped on fourth down. Columbia City was also held to fourth and inches in their own territory. Huntington North blocked the punt, and had excellent field position at the Eagle 12 yard-line. They Vikings scored on an 11-yard touchdown run.
The Eagles had an opportunity to score with 2:40 seconds left, but could not move the ball far enough down the field. Columbia City led 14-10 at half.
The Vikings’ first second half possession was halted with an interception by Ethan Chisten. The Eagles were also stopped, being sacked on fourth down. Huntington North also tried to convert on fourth down, but was also stopped.
Columbia City had good field position at the Viking 41 yard line, but a fumble was recovered by Huntington North.
The Eagles made the most of a Viking fumbled snap a few possessions later. Columbia City recovered at midfield. Jacob Bolt threw a deep ball to Christen for a 45-yard touchdown.
Huntington North caught an interception later in the fourth quarter, but could not score any points off it.
Christen caught intercepted a pass to end any chances for the Vikings to come back.
Columbia City had 288 yards, compared to the Vikings’ 178. Bolt completed four of 12 passes for 72 yards. Wigent ran or 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensive lineman Travis Sunderland led the Eagles with eight solo tackles.
“The defense played unbelievably tonight. Jeff (Clark) does a great job of getting them ready each week. Our offense needs to be scoring more than 20 points, because they gave us many opportunities,” Fox said. “It’s one thing here, one thing there that is holding us back from scoring more points. We had too many turnovers tonight for starters.”