Soggy, but dominate win for the Cougars

Doreen Stockdale
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Photos by Lorie Martinez

Top Photo: Cougar Tommy Campbell runs for a touchdown. Left: Rob Ivankovich and Tommy Campbell sack the Three Forks’ quarterback. Right: Quarterback Caden Meier runs in for 2-point conversion play.

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Battling torrential rain on Friday, Sept. 20, the Columbus High School varsity football team came out the victors with a 0-32 win over Three Forks/Willow Creek.

The muddy field conditions did not stop the Cougars from controlling the entire game. Tommy Campbell (89 rushing yards, 1 TD) and Trey Johannes (88 rushing yards, 2 TD) led the Cougars offense. Quarterback Caden Meier added another two touchdowns and 108 yards, including a 62-yard pass to Colby Martinez.

The lop-sided game allowed the Cougars to give playtime to some of the junior varsity players. This accounted for the three fumbles in the 4th quarter.

The muddy field didn’t deter the defensive linemen, and the Cougars’ defense stayed strong. The Wolves were unable to break through and score. Keegan Goddard had 8.5 tackles (5 solo, 7 assists) including 3 TFLs and a fumble recovery. Izaak Huncovsky had 8 tackles (2 solo, 12 assists), and Tanner Cook had the only interception on the night. Campbell also had a sack/strip that aided the Cougars in dominating of the Wolves.

“The game was a wet mess, but winning makes it feel a whole lot better,” Columbus Coach Blake Hoge said.  “We fought the downpour all night, but our guys stuck with it and we were able to come away with the win.  Our linemen were able to control the trenches and we were able to run the ball at will and stifle them on defense.”

The Cougars head to Anaconda for this week’s game.

“We have a long road trip ahead of us this week as we head to Anaconda.  I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but we’ve got to clean up our game.  Penalties and mental mistakes are costing us and we’re going to need to be in top form to beat the rest of our conference opponents,” said Hoge.