COLUMBIA CITY — After struggling to put substantial points on the board in their first two games, the Eagles’ offense was on a roll in their conference opener last week, beating Bellmont 42-25.
Despite having over 100 less total offensive yards than Bellmont, the Eagles found ways to get to the end zone, starting with a touchdown in their first drive of the game when quarterback Max Bedwell completed a 16-yard pass to Doug Hill at the 6:55 mark of the first quarter.
Four minutes later, Bedwell passed to Michael Sievers for a 7-yard touchdown, making the first-quarter score 14-0.
Columbia City’s defense held off Bellmont until there was five minutes left in the first half. The PAT was blocked, making the score 14-6.
Before the end of the half, the Eagles scored once again on a passing play, but this time the pass came from freshman quarterback Gregory Bolt. Bolt completed the pass to Sievers for a 4-yard touchdown. The Eagles led 21-6 at the half.
Columbia City came out scoring to open the second half, as Jacob Wigent broke away for a 38-yard touchdown.
Bellmont answered with a TD of its own with 3:04 left in the third quarter, but Columbia City quickly fired back. T.J. Bedwell returned the kickoff 85 yards to score.
The Eagles finished off their scoring barrage halfway through the fourth quarter when Carter Smith intercepted a Bellmont pass and returned it for a touchdown.
The Eagles had 165 rushing yards led by Jacob Wigent with 94.
Columbia City showed few mistakes on the offensive end, with no fumbles and no interceptions. The Eagles converted all three fourth-down attempts.
Bedwell completed 4-of-7 passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Bolt completed 3-of-5 passes for 24 yards and one touchdown.
Michael Sievers caught four passes for a total of 33 yards.
Defensively, Columbia City was led by Curtis Winebrenner with 9.5 tackles and a sack. Tyler Lane had seven tackles and Drew Rethlake recorded five.