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COLUMBIA CITY — There were no surprises Friday night for the Eagles as they took on a winless DeKalb team, picking up a 41-21 win earning a trip to the second round of the sectional tournament.
The Barons came into Friday night’s game averaging just seven points a game and only 63 points on the season.
Though DeKalb tripled their average, it wasn’t enough to defeat the Eagles.
Columbia City jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game.
“When we’re playing teams we know we should beat, we need to come out and jump on them early and that’s what we did,” Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said.
The Eagles continued racking up points, scoring on each of their first six possessions.
“We made something out of each and every one of our drives,” Hudgins said.
Senior kicker Devin Rice didn’t have to punt the ball for the entire game, but added five extra points for the Eagles.
In the second quarter, with 11:36 left, quarterback Logan Rehrer threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to receiver Blake Creech, giving Columbia City a 20-7 lead.
Creech had three receptions for 80 yards.
The half was finished with a three-yard touchdown pass to senior Ben Murphy, making the score 34-14.
Murphy had two receptions for 10 yards and six tackles for the Eagles.
Columbia City’s final scoring drive was a joint effort from Rehrer and junior Cody Wildman.
Wildman had seven carries for 40 yards in the drive and Rehrer rushed for 11 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run, putting the Eagles up 41-14.
Rehrer picked up 44 yards rushing and had 217 yards passing for three touchdowns.
Columbia City used its strong running game to gain yardage on DeKalb. The Eagles picked up 281 yards rushing, compared to the Barons’ 52.
Wildman lead the Eagles in rushing with 19 carries for 151 yards.
DeKalb picked up one more touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, setting the final score at 41-21.
“We have some things to clean up defensively before next week, but overall we played well,” Hudgins said.
The Eagles will travel to Angola next week in an attempt to move one step closer to their first sectional title since 1993.