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Tenino 34, Columbia High 6

Missed opportunities cost Bruins

Columbia High had its chances in the first quarter last Friday to take control of its non-league football game at Tenino.

Instead, the host Beavers made key defensive stops that stole the Bruins' momentum and turned what could have been a close contest into a 34-6 runaway victory.

The loss dropped CHS's record to 2-6 on the season and extended its losing streak to four games.

Bruins Coach Matt Whitmire characterized the defeat as a game of missed opportunities.

"We were inside their 10-yard line twice in the first quarter and came away with no points," he said. "We also had a 58-yard touchdown pass called back in the second quarter due to a holding call."

For the Bruins, it was just one of those nights when they didn't come up with the big plays that could have altered the outcome.

The one big play Columbia got--a 47-yard touchdown run by Taylor Champion--came with 6:32 left in the first quarter and tied the game at 6-all.

From that point on, however, it was all Tenino.

The Beavers scored on a 9-yard pass with 1:02 remaining in the first quarter and on a 13-yard run with 7:41 to go in the second to build a 20-7 halftime advantage.

It remained a 13-point game until the 11:09 mark of the fourth quarter, when Tenino's Chris Hernandez scored from 6 yards.

Tenino (6-2) finished its night's work with 463 yards of offense: 359 rushing, 104 passing.

Jason May was the workhorse for the Beavers, rushing 22 times for 240 yards and a touchdown. Hernandez accounted for 92 yards and TDs, and Ryan Huber threw for two scores.

"Tenino's touchdown drives were both short and long," Whitmire said. "They started twice inside our 40, due to a turnover and a short punt. Their other scoring drives were no longer than nine plays."

Columbia ended the game with 221 yards--all on the ground.

Champion rushed 19 times for 95 yards (half of which came on his fifth TD run of more than 29 yards), while Jenson Ladiges and Nick Reeves both posted career-high rushing totals.

Ladiges gained 84 yards in 12 attempts and Reeves picked up 44 in 14 carries.

"Taylor, Jenson and Nick all ran well when they had daylight to run to," Whitmire said.

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