Cougars blank Wolves in Three Forks
Columbus put up three touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back as the Cougars held the Three Forks/Willow Creek Wolves scoreless in a nonconference away game on Sept. 18.
“We played very well, putting up more than 500 yards of offense and holding Three Forks to under 50,” Columbus head coach Blake Hoge said.
Senior running back Kiefer McKay caught four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Tanner Osborne, including a 74-yard play at the start of the game. McKay had 165 yards on five catches.
Senior running back Karl Berg punched in a 4-yard score in the second quarter. Berg had 164 yards on 16 carries. Senior running back Chaz Krone ran in a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Osborne was 6-of-7 for 182 yards. He also went 4-for-5 in point-after kicks and led the team in tackles with three.
“Jace Aumueller and Jackson Booth both had great games that won’t show up on any stat sheet,” Hoge said about the junior and senior linemen. “Their blocking allowed us to rack up 349 rushing yards split up among a slew of different backs, including EJ Daniels, Jack Gray, Chaz Krone and Michael Sherwood.”
Defensively, Osborne, Krone and Aumueller led the team in tackles. The Wolves were held to 44 receiving yards and negative 3 yards in rushing, with two interceptions and one lost fumble.
“Jack Gray made a statement in his first game back, contributing two interceptions,” Hoge said about the junior linebacker.
The Cougars are now 2-1 in nonconference play. They will face the Red Lodge in their first conference game during homecoming in Columbus on Friday, Sept. 25. The Rams are 1-3.
“Red Lodge would like nothing more than to come down to Columbus and leave with the win,” Hoge said. “They’ve played a brutal nonconference schedule, and their coaches will undoubtedly have them fired up and ready to roll on Friday night.”
Between the three-day school week, kicking off their conference schedule and all the excitement of homecoming, Columbus needs to stay focused, Hoge said.
“We’ve got to start the game with some intensity and then play smart and disciplined football throughout,” he said. “If we can do that, we’ll be a tough team to beat.”
A tailgate party will be held before the homecoming game at Heritage Park in Columbus from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with free chili, salad, drinks and games.
Columbus 42, Three Forks 0
Columbus 21 6 15 0 - 42
Three Forks 0 0 0 0 - 0
Columbus: Kiefer McKay 74 pass from Tanner Osborne (Osborne kick)
Columbus: McKay 17 pass from Osborne (Osborne kick)
Columbus: McKay 10 pass from Osborne (Osborne kick)
Columbus: Karl Berg 4 run (kick failed)
Columbus: McKay 13 pass from Osborne (Chuck Miller from Osborne)
Columbus: Chaz Krone 2 run (Osborne kick)