BLUFFTON — Nasty weather conditions didn’t hold the Eagles back on Friday, as Columbia City’s football team ended the season on a high note: beating Norwell in an overtime thriller, 15-14.
With weather in the 50s with rain most of the night, conditions were difficult compared to previous games this season, which were always above 60 with minimal rain.
Columbia City took advantage of opportunities at the right time to come away with the win in the 11th hour.
With the game tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, Norwell scored to take a 14-7 lead.
Columbia City had one chance to fight back — and that they did.
Greg Bolt completed a 9-yard pass to Michael Sievers for a touchdown. Then head coach Brett Fox had a decision to make — go for the tie, or go for the win.
Fox made the right decision, and Bolt completed a pass to big brother Jacob Bolt for the two-point conversion and the win over the Northeast 8 Conference foe.
Sievers scored both Columbia City touchdowns, the first coming halfway through the first quarter on a 3-yard rush. The Eagles held their 7-0 lead through the fourth quarter, when Norwell tied the game with 6:48 left to play.
In total, Norwell tallied 197 yards of offense compared to Columbia City’s 161, but the Knights struggled in other areas of the game, only converting on three of 12 third-down attempts, and two of five fourth-down attempts.
Columbia City, on the other hand, was four-for-four in fourth-down attempts.
Greg Bolt completed 6 of 15 passes for a total of 88 yards. Keiran Gilles caught two of those passes for 33 yards, Jacob Bolt had two receptions for nine yards, Doug Hill had one reception for 37 yards and Sievers recorded the 9-yard touchdown reception.
Leading the ground game for Columbia City was Jacob Wigent with 27 yards on 17 attempts, Sievers with 14 yards on 10 attempts and Mike Nodine with six yards on three attempts.
Quarterback Bolt kept the ball nine times for 26 yards.
The defense was once again led by Curtis Winebrenner and Tanner Martz with six tackles apiece. Wigent had five tackles and Treyton Lomont had 4.5.
Columbia City (5-4) is set for a rematch against New Haven (4-5) this Friday at home to begin the postseason. The Eagles beat New Haven 21-7 in their regular-season game Sept. 21. The winner of Columbia City and New Haven will face the winner of Wayne (7-2) and South Side (0-9) in the second round.