Columbia City—The Columbia City Eagles racked up 609 yards in a 51-28 Homecoming victory over Dekalb on Friday night at Columbia City High School. It was the home team getting off to a hot start just 4:17 into the game when Ethan Sievers scored on a five-yard touchdown run and with Garrett Klefeker’s kick the Eagles went ahead 7-0.
Then a minute thirteen later Columbia City converted again after a Dekalb punt and with field position inside Baron territory when Eagle Quarterback Greg Bolt engineered a drive that culminated with a twenty-one-yard pass to Hunter Herron for the touchdown. Klefeker’s kick was wide left and the home team went up 13-0.
DeKalb got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when Baron quarterback Caden Pettis threw a touchdown pass to Logan Schultz Montoya good for five yards and the score. The kick was no good and the lead was trimmed to 13-6.
Just when you thought the quarter would come to a quiet end it was Columbia City’s Bolt finding Peyton Shearer for fifty-six yards and a touchdown with just :25 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion failed and the Eagles led 19-6.
DeKalb was right back scoring a touchdown on a seventy-nine-yard run by Mitch Snyder with :06 left. The kick was good by Dylan Wilson and a wild first quarter ended with Columbia City up 19-13.
Each team scored a touchdown in the second-quarter and it was the home team striking first when Bolt found Stratton Fuller for thirty-seven yards and the Eagles went for a two point conversion and it was no good and it was a 25-13 Eagle lead.
DeKalb countered six minutes later when Pettis hit Donnie Wiley for fifteen yards and a touchdown. The visitors went for a two pointer when Pettis found Derek Overbay in the corner of the end zone for the conversion making the score 25-21 in favor of the Eagles.
Columbia City then forced a DeKalb punt and got the ball back for the final drive of the half and Klefeker made good on a thirty-seven-yard field goal as time expired and the halftime score was 28-21 with Columbia City in the lead.
The Eagles got the next two scores as Klefeker connected again this time from twenty-five yards and that increased the Eagles lead to 31-21 and Ethan Sievers rambled into the end zone on the next Eagle possession from two yards out and the PAT was good for a 38-21 lead at the end of three quarters.
DeKalb got their final score of the game :08 into the fourth quarter when Pettis found Schultz-Montoya for a fifteen-yard touchdown and the kick was good to bring DeKalb within a ten-point margin.
Columbia City scored just :22 later when Abe Barrera scampered eighty-eight yards and with the kick by Klefeker the Eagles led 45-28.
The home team finished off the game with Klefeker netting two more field goals one from twenty-nine yards out and the final score of the game from thirty-one yards to make the final score 51-28.
Columbia City had 609 yards of total offense on the game running 76 plays while DeKalb had 227 yards of total offense on 52 plays.
Through the air the Eagles were 6 of 14 for a 154 yards and DeKalb threw for 122 yards on 9 of 21 passing.
On the ground Columbia City racked up 455 yards on 62 carries on the game. DeKalb had 105 yards on 31 carries.
With the win Columbia City improves to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the NE8 and will next see action next Friday at New Haven.
DeKalb with the loss drops to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the NE8.