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November 06, 2019 - 00:00
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Columbus shuts down Rice Consolidated 34-7

    Citizen | Royce Caldwell It was a battlefield Friday night as Raiders Everado Esquivel (No. 54) Stratton Pieprzyca (No. 3) and a couple of unknown Raiders go up against the Cardinal D line.
    No. 4 Ryan Barnes gets a Cardinal TD in last week’s game against the Rice Raiders.

The Colorado River Rivalry started in 1927 between the Columbus Cardinals and the Eagle Lake Eagles (Eagle Lake High School later consolidated with Garwood, Sheridan and Rock Island to form the Rice Consolidated Raiders).

There was more than just bragging rights on the line Friday, Nov. 1; this game was for the district championship. The Raider offense was able to move the ball in a productive manner on the ground rushing.

Senior quarterback No.1 Ian Hargrove would carry a significant part of the load for the Raiders. Hargrove ended the night with 22 carries for 99 yards rushing against one of the best defenses the Raider offense has seen so far this season. Defensively, the Raiders displayed a lot of heart.

Sophomore line backer No.3 Straton Pieprzyca led the night on defense with 4 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles, accounting for a total of 8 tackles.

Hargrove recorded 5 tackles, and sophomore line backer No. 33 James Cotton had 7 tackles for the Rice defense.

The Cardinal offense, led by senior quarterback No.8 Brock Schobel and senior running back No.1 Tyree Simick took charge early in the game.

Schobel threw for 57 yards and two touchdown passes, followed by Simick’s 214 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground of his own.

Junior wide receivers No. 6 Kaycon Wilson and No. 4 Ryan Barnes had a solid night for the Cards as well. Wilson and Barnes proved to be receiving threats against the Raider defense, combining for 67 yards together as well as two touchdowns.

Senior line backer No. 18 Weston Warshak and senior defensive end Jackson Roensch led the Cardinal D line. Warshak had 5 solo tackles and 7 assisted tackles, give him 12 total tackles.

Roensch had an impressive night with 6 solo tackles, 5 assisted, 5 tackles for losses and a sack, which created problems all night for the Raiders.

Junior defensive end No. 2 Kion Hurd continued his hot streak with 10 total tackles, two tackles for losses and one sack.

Junior defensive back No. 17 Jessie Upson, Jr. controlled the Cardinal secondary with one pass break-up and 9 total tackles. Other defensive standouts included junior defensive tackle No. 57 Isaiah Evans with 10 total tackles, and junior defensive back No. 9 Jackson Beettner along with senior line backer No. 42 Tyler Lewis, would both recorded 6 total tackles each.

Senior defensive end No. 60 Jacob Heffley clocked in 10 total tackles. All of these ingredients came together for the blowout 34-7 win for the Cardinals. Last year, the Raiders secured a touchdown in the final seconds, and won in dramatic fashion 27-24 against the Cardinals. Last Friday, the Mighty Cardinals swooped into the Swamp and captured their first district championship since 2007.

Columbus will be back in action Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. for Senior Night against district opponent the (1-7) (0-4) Boling Bulldogs. The Raiders’ season is far from over, and they will travel to Hempstead Friday,Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. to take on the (5-4) (1-3) Bobcats.