Friday night’s homecoming at Columbus Memorial Stadium started off right, but ended in grief as the hometown crowd absorbed the Cardinals’ two-point loss to Hallettsville.
The Cardinals (3-1), led by Athletic Director and head football coach Matt Schobel, went up against the Halletsville Brahmas (2-1), led by AD and head football coach Thommy Psencik. Columbus came in off a big 35-14 blowout against the Caldwell Hornets, looking forward to playing in front of their fans at homecoming. The game started off the right way for the Cardinals.
The Columbus defense was able to get a stop early against the first Brahma possession of the game, which led to Cardinal Senior running back Tyree “Workhorse” Simick clocking in the first score of the night with a 5-yard rushing touchdown.
On the next possession for the Brahmas, there was an 11-yard interception by Cardinal Junior defensive back Kaycon Wilson, which put the Cards in great position to put points on the board once again. Following the interception, Senior quarterback Brock Schobel threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to the versatile Wilson. That pass gave the Cards a 14-0 lead over the Brahmas.
But high times don’t ride too high - Hallettsville would go on to score 14 unanswered points that would take them into halftime trailing Columbus 20-14.
Throughout the second half, both defenses continued to fight. If one team scored, the other would answer.
In dramatic fashion, Columbus was able to get the final stop they needed, only trailing by two points with the score a nail biting 28-26. The Cards had a winning chance, with under one minute in regulation. With the crowd on edge, and considering the week long homecoming festivities, where else would a Cardinal want to be than at the game that comes down to the wire underneath the Friday night lights?
There were numerous ups and downs for both sides, but the mighty Cardinals were stymied, falling to the Brahmas with a 28-26 final score.
“That loss hurt. We are looking forward to players getting healthy, fixing mistakes and growing more as a team,” Schobel said.
With a lot of potential wins left on their schedule, the 3-2 Cardinals will have a bye this coming week. To start district play, they will travel and take on Hitchcock Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.