Cougs peaking at prime time

Doreen Stockdale
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Cougs peaking at prime time

Photo by Lorie Martinez

Cougar Trey Stampfel looks over his shoulder for the ball.

The Columbus Cougar football team scored a key victory on the road against the Townsend Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 25.

In the first quarter, Cougar Trey Stampfel caught an interception when the Bulldogs tried to go for a first down on a fourth-and-3. Columbus did not capitalize on the interception.

Caden Meier completed a 37-yard pass to Stampfel for the touchdown (Coby Warren kick good) in the second quarter. Colby Martinez intercepted a pass from the Bulldogs and ran 33 yards. Trey Johannes scored the Cougars second goal on a 4-yard run (Warren kick good). The halftime score was 14-0.

The Bulldogs came out of halftime and scored on a 5-yard pass (kick no good). They held the Cougars and did not allow them to score in the quarter.

Columbus scored one more time in the fourth to seal the win. Johannes ran 1-yard for the touchdown (Warren kick good). The final score was 21-6.

“It might not show up in the stats, but we played our best football last Friday night,” Cougar Coach Blake Hoge said.  “We made smart decisions, played good defense, and didn’t turn the ball over a single time.  Our guys wanted a home playoff game and went out and got it.  This is the right time of year to peak and we’ve got to carry our momentum into the playoffs.”

The Cougars ended the night with 327 total yards: 136 passing yards, 191 rushing yards. Johannes contributed 157 of the rushing yards and had two touchdowns on the night. Meier had 136 passing yards and one touchdown, while Stampfel has 65 receiving yards and one touchdown.

On defense, Martinez had one tackle, two assists, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. Tommy Campbell had two tackles, three assists and a 15-yard sack. Stampfel has two tackles and one interception, and Keegan Goddard ended the night with three tackles and 10 assists.

Columbus has won three games in a row and five out of the last six games. The team ended the season with a conference record of 4-2 (5-3 overall) and is tied with Townsend and Jefferson for second place. The Cougars will play Glasgow (4-2, 5-3) at home on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. for the first post-season game.