For the first time since 2001, a Columbia High football team has started 3-0.
The 2013 Bruins won their third consecutive game last Friday, defeating the visiting Ilwaco Fishermen, 48-14, be-hind the passing of Tanner Rabinowitz, the running of John Stephens, and another standout performance from CHS’s defensive unit.
Rabinowitz passed for 136 yards and three touchdowns (all to Gabe Guzman), Ste-phens rushed for 153 yards and two scores, and the CHS defense limited Ilwaco to 214 total yards.
Columbia took a 12-6 lead into the intermission, thanks to a pair of Rabinowitz-to-Guzman scoring connections.
According to Bruins Coach John Hallead, a halftime adjustment was in order for the offense after a sluggish first-half performance.
“Our halftime adjustment was to wake up,” Hallead said. “I felt the first half was not our best, and we told the kids, now was the time for our rushing attack to be put in full force. We came right out and scored five unanswered touchdowns.”
In the third quarter, the Bruins took charge of the game with a 22-point blitz that turned a close game into a blowout. Stephens rushed for two scores, and Guzman hauled in another pass from Rabinowitz to extend CHS’s lead to 34-6 with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter.
Hallead credited the play of Columbia’s offensive line – Gabe Montoya, Cody Carse, Scott Bergstrom, Pedro Casarez, Blaine Walker, and Kyler Riggleman, plus wideout Noah Carmichael – with enabling CHS to rush for 273 yards. “In my mind, the offensive line gave a standout performance,” Hallead said.
Ilwaco, which tied the game at 6-6 in the second quarter with a 13-play, 80-yard drive, couldn’t get anything going offensively in the second half against a stout CHS defense.
“Our defense was completely dominant, forcing a fumble and an interception, as well as three punts to put this game out of reach,” Hallead said. “Ilwaco’s only other score came with under a minute left in the game versus our jayvee defense.”
Defensive standouts for CHS included Isaac Bell, who had five solo tackles and two sacks from his linebacker position. Defensive end Austin Walker also had a good game for CHS, pressuring Ilwaco’s backfield all night. Defensive back Jared Garwood had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Coming up: CHS makes its first road trip of the Trico season tomorrow night when it travels to Kalama, “a ground-and-pound offensive team that’s implementing a Wishbone attack,” Hallead said. The Chinooks lost last week to La Center, 49-20.
“This week’s game versus Kalama is the most important game for our football program in the two years I have been here,” Hallead noted. “Winning this game puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth, something we have set our sights on as our goal for the season.”
Trico League game
Friday, Sept. 20
at Bruin Stadium
Fishermen 0 6 0 8 - 14
Bruins 6 6 22 14 - 48
C - Gabe Guzman 31 pass from Tanner Rabinowitz (kick failed), 4:39. Drive: 45 yards in 5 plays, in :46.
I - Keishi Thompson 5 run (kick failed), 10:33. Drive: 80 yards in 13 plays, in 6:06.
C - G. Guzman 15 pass from Rabinowitz (kick failed), 6:24. Drive: 72 yards in 11 plays, in 3:45.
C - John Stephens 50 run (Rabinowitz run), 11:01. Drive: 71 yards in 3 plays, in :56.
C - Stephens 10 run (G. Guzman kick), 5:32. Drive: 55 yards in 10 plays, in 4:08.
C - Guzman 41 pass from Rabinowitz (G. Guzman kick), 2:59. Drive: 45 yards in 2 plays, in :39.
C - Nathan Bell 13 run (G. Guzman kick), 10:57. Drive: 51 yards in 7 plays, in 2:22.
C - N. Bell 3 run (G. Guzman kick), 8:04. Drive: 32 yards in 3 plays, in 1:03.
I - Tom Odneal 75 pass from Eric McMillan (Thompson run), :44.
Total Yards: Columbia, 55-409 (273 rushing, 136 passing); Ilwaco, 46-214-2 TDs (135 rushing, 79 passing).
Rushing: (C) John Stephens 19-153-2 TDs, Tanner Rabinowitz 9-77, Nathan Bell 5-44-2 TDs, Josh Lewis 2-5, Kyle Guler 1-3, Deven Jacobs 1-3; (I) Eric McMillan 13-60, Keishi Thompson 14-53-TD, Tom Odneal 10-15.
Passing: (C) Rabinowitz 9-18-0-136, 3 TDs; (I) McMillan 3-7-1-79, TD.
Receiving: (C) Gabe Guzman 4-103-3 TDs, Jared Garwood 2-15, John Stephens 2-13, Sam Rowlen 1-5.
Tackling (solos/assists): (C) Gabe Montoya 6/4, N. Bell 6/1, Isaac Bell 5/3, Pedro Casarez 4/4, Ryan Aldrich 3/2, Noah Carmichael 2/2.
First Downs: Columbia 19, Ilwaco 11.
Penalties: Columbia 5-55, Ilwaco 5-55.
Fumbles-Lost: Columbia 1-0, Ilwaco 8-1.
Turnovers: Columbia, once on downs; Ilwaco, one lost fumble, one interception, twice on downs.