NEW HAVEN – Columbia City’s football team was downed by New Haven 48-7 Friday night. The Eagles had a four-game winning streak coming into the game.
The Eagles fell behind from the start of the game and could not recover.
Columbia City started with the ball, but a pass was intercepted on the second play of the
game. New Haven (7-0) drove the ball 25 yards and scored a rushing touchdown on fourth and goal. The Eagles trailed 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
Columbia City punted after a three and out in the next drive. New Haven connected on a 35-yard fade pass for a touchdown. The Bulldogs led 12-0 after another failed two-point conversion.
The Eagles fumbled the ball for a turnover on the first play of their drive. No harm was done, as Columbia City recovered a New Haven fumble on the next play. The Eagles threw an interception on third down for a pick-six. The Eagles trailed 20-0 after a converted two-point conversion.
Quarterback Jacob Bolt was hit hard on the next drive and had to leave the game. He was on crutches after the game. Max Bedwell came in to replace the starting quarterback.
Columbia City’s punt was returned for a 90-yard touchdown. The Eagles were down 27-0 after the score.
“We gave up big play after big play,” said head coach Brett Fox. “We weren’t executing on offense.”
Columbia City committed its fourth turnover of the night on an interception to end the first quarter. The Eagles stopped the Bulldogs on third down to open the second quarter. Columbia City fumbled on the next drive for turnover number five. The Bulldogs threw a 29-yard score to go up 34-0.
“We cannot open the game with five turnovers. We were putting the defense in a really bad situation,” said Fox.
Columbia City punted on their next possession. The Eagle defense stepped up with a sack by Jackson Pettigrew and a broken pass by Jon O’Dell to force a punt.
New Haven scored late in the first half with a 59-yard run. The Eagles trailed 41-0 at half.
Columbia City finally scored when Bedwell struck a 59-yard pass to Michael Sievers for a touchdown on the Eagles first drive of the second half.
“Bedwell threw a nice touchdown pass to avoid the shutout. It’s always nice to stay away from those kinds of situations,” said Fox.
The Eagles shut out New Haven in the third quarter. Despite finally scoring a touchdown and a good defensive effort, the game was too far along for the Eagles to rally. The Bulldogs scored one more time in the fourth quarter on a quarterback keeper.
New Haven had 368 yards on offense, while Columbia City had 90. Bedwell led in passing throwing five for 13 and 74 yards. Bedwell also led in rushing with 18 yards. Sievers led in receiving yards with hit one catch for a 46-yard score, followed by Ethan Christen with 20 yards. Solomon Barrera led the defense with 10 solo tackles.