Cougars drop game to dominate Manhattan

Doreen Stockdale
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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            Trey Johannes takes the ball from Caden Meier.

The Columbus Cougars (1-2) lost a conference road game against the Manhattan Tigers (3-0) last Friday, Oct. 4.

The Cougars were the first to score in the first quarter with a 91-yard pass from quarterback Caden Meier to Colby Martinez. Coby Warren made the kick for an extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Tigers countered with a 1-yard run but missed the kick. Tanner Cook fielded the kickoff return and ran 85-yards for the touchdown. Columbus was up 13-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Manhattan controlled the second quarter, scoring three times with a 19-yard pass, a 20-yard pass and a 4-yard run. One of the three 2-point conversion attempts was successful. The Tigers were able to curb the Cougars offense, not allowing them to score during the quarter. Meier did complete a couple of good passes, a 13-yard pass to Trey Stampfel and a 10-yard pass to Martinez. The halftime score was 13-26

The third quarter was scoreless for the Cougars. Meier did complete a 15-yard pass to Tanner Cook. The Tigers were able to score on a 5-yard run and make an extra point kick bringing the third quarter to a close with a score of 13-33.

Meier completed a few good passes in the fourth quarter. Caden threw a 17-yard pass to Martinez, a 25-yard pass to Keegan Goddard and a 33-yard pass to Martinez on 4th & 18, giving the Cougars a first-down. Meier threw a 4-yard pass to Stampfel for a touchdown. Manhattan also scored in the quarter with a 10-yard pass. The final score was 20-40.

The Tigers were in control of the rushing game, rushing 252 yards, and their defense controlled the Cougars, not allowing any yards on the ground. Columbus had more passing yards, passing 248 yards verses 193 yards for Manhattan.

Martinez had 151 yards in four catches and one touchdown. Meier threw 248 yards and two touchdowns.

Ivan Huncovsky had seven solo tackles and 14 assists on the evening, including one TFL. Senior Ricky Preece had four solo tackles and eight assists.

“We came out firing and jumped ahead to an early lead, but weren’t able to keep momentum,” Cougar Coach Blake Hoge said.  “Manhattan was able to out-muscle us, both on the line and through our skill positions. They’re a good team and there aren’t going to be many teams in the state that can go toe-to-toe with them.”

This next week has Whitehall coming into town for Homecoming.  Hoge said these next three games will determine the playoff picture for the Southern B.  

“The field is still wide open, but we’ll need to perform well the rest of the season to give ourselves a chance in the playoffs,” Hoge said.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4

COLUMBUS13 0 0 7 20

MANHATTAN 6 20 7 7 40