Columbia High scored its second shutout of the season last Saturday in Vancouver for its first 1A Trico League victory of 2019.
The Bruins scored on five of their seven offensive possessions and the defense chipped in a touchdown as well in the 42-0 win over the Seton Prep Cougars.
Senior tailback Bowen Durkee led the way, running behind an energized offensive line for a career-high 135 yards with three touchdowns.
“It was a game that we expected to dominate, especially at the line of scrimmage,” said Bruins Coach Dan Smith. “I felt pretty good about how we played, especially coming off of the previous three weeks.”
The win snapped a three-game losing streak and leveled CHS’s 1A Trico record at 1-1 with three weeks to go in the regular season.
The schedule favors CHS in that two of its last three games, including Friday’s Homecoming game against King’s Way, will be played in Bruin Stadium.
The Seton game may be looked back on as the turning point in CHS’s season.
“Seton was able to move the ball on us a little bit,” Smith noted, and the Cou-gars had their opportunities to score.
“We had four goal-line stands inside the 10 to keep them out of the end zone,” he said.
The Bruins might have added to their biggest point total since Week 2 if not for two lost fumbles.
Columbia took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 22-yard run by Angel Sanchez and Zavier Smith’s point-after kick.
Free safety Austin Charters stopped Seton’s first drive with an interception at CHS’s 8-yard line. He returned the pick 92 yards for a touchdown that led to a 14-0 advantage.
Alek Raether scored on a 5-yard run, which Durkee punctuated by catching a pass from Charters for the 2-point conversion. Durkee closed out the scoring with a 19-yard run.
The Bruins rushed for 303 yards on 33 carries. Charters ran five times for 79 yards and completed 5-of-8 passes for 48 yards. Raether gained 23 yards on six attempts.
Smith was CHS’s top receiver; he had two receptions for 23 yards. He converted four-of-five PATs with one blocked.
Defensively, Durkee also led the way, finishing with 10 total tackles. Charters made two interceptions and got in on four tackles. Sanchez also had an interception.
“They played both Castle Rock and La Center pretty tough,” Smith noted.
The keys for Columbia’s defense, Smith said, will be to keep him in the pocket and to bring pressure when he drops back. He called them imperatives.
“Our players feel pretty confident after last week so we need to keep that momentum going during practice this week to keep our post-season goals alive,” he added.