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Indians 26, Bruins 0

Toledo manhandles CHS in SWW 1A crossover action

Columbia High suffered its first shutout loss since 2006 last Friday, falling at Toledo, 26-0, in the 2008 football season finale for both teams.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Indians scored two touchdowns in the second and held a 12-0 advantage at halftime of the SWW 1A League crossover game.

Toledo (7-3) made it a three-touchdown lead seconds into the third quarter when D.J. Herbert returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards.

"The wind came out of our sails after that," Bruins Coach Matt Whitmire said, referring to the emotional impact the kickoff return had on Columbia High's players.

The Indians took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter on an 18-yard scoring run by Mike White. Later, Herbert caught a pass from Andrew Blair and picked his way 60 yards for a second score that put Toledo on top, 12-0.

Brycen Holmes accounted for the game's final touchdown with a 26-yard run with 7:24 remaining in the third quarter.

"Hats off to Toledo; they did a nice job executing their `no huddle' spread offense out of the shotgun," Whitmire said. "They had done their homework and attacked our defense where our weaknesses are, which, as we've learned, are mainly in the secondary."

Early on, though, Columbia (4-6) held its own, stopping two Toledo drives with interceptions--the first by senior Andy Pate on Toledo's opening drive, the second by sophomore Connor Warner on the Indians' third possession of the second quarter. The Bruins, however, failed to score points following either turnover.

"We got manhandled at the line of scrimmage," Whitmire said of CHS's inability to put together a scoring drive. "Our guys up front didn't do a good job of picking up (Toledo's) blitzes and our running backs paid the price for it."

Toledo held the Bruins' double-wing rushing attack to 149 yards in 40 attempts and allowed three pass completions for another 29 yards. Moreover, Columbia turned the ball over four times (two fumbles, two interceptions).

Senior fullback Carlos Mendoza paced CHS's ground game, gaining 66 yards in nine carries. Junior wingback Jenson Ladiges picked up 61 yards and senior wingback Kevin Kreps accounted for 44.

Defensive standouts for the Bruins included sophomore Dylan Rabinowitz, who had five unassisted tackles and an interception (in the fourth quarter); Kreps, with eight unassisted tackles; and Ladiges with seven solo stops.

Bruin Bits:

Last season, CHS and Toledo met in a Week 10 crossover game in Tumwater. The Indians pulled out a 24-18 victory in the late going, scoring on a 19-yard run with 22 seconds to play...

Columbia High got shutout twice during the 2006 football season: 20-0 at Goldendale in the Sept. 1 season opener and 47-0 two weeks later to Kalama in its Trico Division opener...

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