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Columbia High 24, Hockinson 8

Bruins' homefield advantage aids winning effort in the rain

Columbia High improved to 3-0 at CHS Stadium, grinding out a 24-8 Trico Division victory over Hockinson last Friday that ended a two-game losing streak.

Wingback Andrew Culp carried the offense, running for 184 yards and three touchdowns and catching a pass from quarterback Mike Charters for a two-point conversion.

The Bruins' defense, led by linebackers Devin Dean and Taylor Champion and defensive end Scott Lampe, yielded 279 yards and 17 first downs but allowed just the one touchdown on a rainy night that put both offenses at a disadvantage.

Bruins Coach Matthew Whitmire said his team gave a good overall effort, drawing on a good week of practice that left Columbia (1-1 in Trico, 3-2 overall) well-prepared for a much-improved Hockinson (1-2, 2-3).

"As sloppy as it was a times, it was a consistent effort for four quarters," Whitmire said. "We got back to playing more like we did in weeks one and two."

Culp, who carried the ball 13 times, capped CHS's third series of the first quarter with an 81-yard touchdown run. Devin Dean ran for the two-point conversion.

In the second quarter, Culp scored on a run of 21 yards, then caught the pass for conversion to stake the Bruins to a 16-0 lead with 7:08 remaining.

That was all the scoring until Hockinson--which fumbled seven times in the game and lost one--put together an impressive drive that culminated in a 2-yard run by Brad Johnson with 6:48 to go in the third quarter. Zachary Johnson's run for the two-point conversion made it 16-8.

Columbia nursed that lead for another 15 minutes of playing time before Culp scored from 18 yards with 2:12 left in the game.

Charters--whose 28-yard completion to Trenton Phernetton set up Culp's third TD--added the run for conversion on a naked bootleg to seal the win.

"It's an old clich‚, but you've got to close games out, and we did that Friday night," Whitmire said. "We persevered under extreme conditions and made the plays we needed to down the stretch."

Sideline notes:

Hockinson dominated time of possession, running 64 offensive plays to CHS's 40...The Bruins ran just 12 plays in the second half...CHS turned the ball over once; it lost a fumble on its second series that was recovered at the Hockinson 25-yard line...Dean and Champion led the CHS defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively...Senior Randy Fuwell was taken by ambulance to the Skyline Hospital emergency room for treatment of a neck injury. He is listed as "questionable" for Friday's homecoming tilt with Stevenson.

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