On the run

Senior running back Alarick Blankenship finds open field on the first play of last Fri-day’s non-league game against visiting Ilwaco. Blankenship’s long run from the CHS 19-yard line set a short touchdown run by senior Bowen Durkee. Blankenship rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

Columbia High overpower visiting Ilwaco last Friday on its way to a 61-0 non-league football victory in Bruin Stadium.

The Bruins (2-0) held a 33-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 47-0 by halftime. They tacked on two third-quarter touchdowns to close out the scoring.

Senior running back Alarick Blankenship set the tone for the Bruins on their first play from scrimmage, from their own 19-yard line. Blankenship ripped off a big gainer to set up Bowen Durkee’s ensuing short touchdown run, which came with 10:16 to go in the quarter.

Columbia tallied four more rushing touchdowns before the period ended. Durkee and Blankenship both ran for two touchdowns on the night.

Quarterback Austin Charters, fullback Cody Colloton, and reserve back Alek Rae-ther each scored one touchdown in the first half.

The Bruins received the kickoff to start the second half and Angel Sanchez returned the kick 80 yards for a touchdown. Jace Green-wood scored CHS’s final touchdown on a 13-yard run with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.

All told, the Bruins found the end zone nine times. Placekicker Zavier Smith finish-ed 7-for-7 on point-after kicks.

Columbia racked up 463 yards of total offense in just 33 plays, for a nifty 14 yards per play. 

The Bruins did most of their damage on the ground, running behind an over-powering offensive line that pushed the Fishermen around during the first 24 minutes of action.

CHS rushed the ball 26 times for 397 yards and eight touchdowns, for a per-carry average of 15.3 yards.

Charters picked up 108 yards, the bulk of which came on a 60-yard TD run with 5:54 left in the first half. He also completed 5-of-6 passes for 66 yards. Elijah Nielsen hauled in two catches for 35 yards and Isaac Wang had two receptions for 29 yards.

Raether rushed for 72 yards, Blankenship gained 65, and Durkee totalled 62. Raether and Blankenship each carried a team-leading seven times.

Stanley Hylton paced the defense with nine tackles. Kegan Brasuell, Smith, and Durkee each got in on five stops. Blanken-ship, Dylan Muehlbauer, and Emmit Vincent recovered fumbles.

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