City closes out NHC with 26-6 win
OSSIAN â€” Friday night the Columbia City Eagle football squad wrapped up its regular season with a trip to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Norwell.
A review of the game reads like the mixed coverage of a movie blockbuster ... â€śA bang-up start, with a satisfying ending, but a little slow in the middle,â€ť as the Eagles used big plays early and late to post a 26-6 win over the host Knights.
The Eagles started the game with a bang, executing a pop-up onside kick by Jose Perez that was recovered by Columbia Cityâ€™s Wayne Smith on the Norwell 38-yard line.
Columbia City stuck to the ground game with Sam Dailey reeling off a 15-yard run and quarterback Travis Herbst capped the drive with a 5-yard dash to put the Eagles up 7-0 at the 9:03 mark of the first quarter.
The Eagles went back to the well again with Perez popping the ensuing kick-off up again, and again the Eagles recovered.
Columbia City moved to the Norwell 27-yard line but fumbled the ball down to the 14-yard line where the Knights recovered.
â€śWe looked at this game as the end of one season, and now we start the second season which is a one game playoff each week,â€ť said Eagle Head Coach Randy Hudgins.
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The Eagles will host the Leo Lions in the opening round of IHSAA Sectional play next Friday.