Cougars beat Copperheads in Anaconda

Doreen Stockdale
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Photo by Michelle Gauthier

The Columbus Cougars dominated the Anaconda Copperheads on the road for a non-conference match-up winning 56-6 on Friday, Sept. 27.

The game started slowly with the first quarter finishing with a score of 6-0.  Quarterback Caden Meier scored the only points, with an 11-yard touchdown run.

The Cougars came out fighting in the second quarter.  Tommy Campbell had a fumble recovery.  Trey Johannes scored on a 7-yard run. Meier completed a 25-yard pass to Colby Martinez for 6-points and another 9-yard pass to Trey Stampfel, making the score 26-6 at halftime.

Columbus kept the momentum going and shutout Anaconda in the second half.  The third quarter found Reece Hogstad intercepting the ball and running 41 yards for the first touchdown of the quarter.  Derek Steffenson took down Anaconda’s quarterback in the end zone, giving the Cougars a safety.  Meier once again found Martinez with a 20-yard pass to close out the quarter with a score of 42-6.

The Cougars scored two more times in the fourth quarter.  Weston Timberman ran 13 yards and Braydin Ellis ran 30 yards for two touchdowns, giving Columbus an overwhelming victory.  Coby Warren assisted the Cougars’ offense, kicking four extra points.  Columbus’ defense was on-point during the entire game.  Matt Ivankovich forced a fumble in the last quarter and stopped any forward progress the Copperheads had made.

“We had a good showing on Friday night down in Anaconda.  For the second week in a row, our line was able to control things, which really opened up what we wanted to do on offense and made things pretty simple on D,” Columbus Coach Blake Hoge said.

The top offensive players were Caden Meier with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns, Colby Martinez with 167 receiving yards and two touchdowns and Trey Johannes with 57 rushing yards and one touchdown.

The top defensive players were Tommy Campbell with seven tackles, one forced fumble, a sack, two tackles-for-loss (TFL), one fumble recovery and 1 safety, Reece Hogstad with 2.5 tackles, one interception, and one defensive touchdown, Ricky Preece with four tackles, two TFLs and two sacks and Keegan Goddard with four tackles.

“We’re entering into the home stretch as we have conference opponents each of the next four weeks to end the regular season,” Hoge said.  “We’ve made improvements each of the last two weeks and we’ve got to continue getting better.  This game will have huge playoff implications later in the year.”

Columbus will continue its traveling schedule next by playing against the Manhattan Tigers on Friday, Oct. 4, where they will try and improve its 2-2 record.


Columbus 6 20 16 14 56

Anaconda 0 6 0 0 6