The Columbus Cardinal Varsity football team lost a thrilling triple OT game to the Giddings Buffaloes with a final 36-28 score, moving their season record to an even one and one.
Offensively the Cards were able to move the ball on the ground effectively against the Buffaloes. Senior running back No. 2 Kion Hurd accounted for 133 yards rushing on 20 carries, getting into the in zone three times for the Cardinals.
Junior running back No. 3 Na’Jay Johnson was productive as well for Columbus, rushing for 69 on 13 carries and 1 touchdown. Senior quarterback No.10 Ty Thomas completed 6 of his 17 passing attempts for a total of 88 yards, including a long 41-yard reception connection to senior wide receiver No.4 Ryan Barnes, who finished with two catches for 50 total yards.
Seniors Kaycon Wilson and Carson Wray both added to the stat sheet as well with Wilson hauling in three catches for a total of 28 yards and Wray with one reception for 10 yards. But even with a productive night moving the ball, the Cardinals fell short when they didn’t convert their last drive in overtime to hold off Giddings.
The Columbus Cardinals will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 10 against the Rice Raiders at 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS 28 – GIDDINGS 36
Columbus Fumbles - 1 Lost - 1
Opponent Fumbles - 1 Lost - 1
Offense: Rushing - 253 yards
Passing - 88 yards (Total yards - 341)
Defense: Rushing - 211 yards
Passing - 214 yards (Total yards - 425)
Ty Thomas - 6 for 17 for a total of 88 total yards (Longest - 41 yards)
Kion Hurd - 20 carries for 133 total yards (Longest run - 53 yards) 3 TDs
Ty Thomas - 5 carries for 31 total yards (Longest run - 12 yards)
Kaycon Wilson - 2 carry for 20 total yards (Longest run - 15 yards)
Na’Jay Johson - 13 carries for 69 total yards (Longest run - 16 yards) 1 TD
Kaycon Wilson - 3 catches for 28 total yards (Longest catch - 13 yards)
Carson Wray - 1 catch for 10 yards (Longest catch - 10 yards)
Ryan Barnes - 2 catches for 50 total yards (Longest catch - 41 yards)
Ty Thomas - 3 punts for a total of 104 yards (Longest punt - 43 yards)
Jordan Woods - 3 kickoff returns for a total of 6 yards (Longest return - 7 yards)
Ryan Barnes - 1 kickoff return for 10 yards
Kion Hurd - 3 rushing TDs
Na’Jay Johnson - 1 rushing TDs
Manu Murga - 4 extra points
Varsity Scores by Quarter:
1st - Columbus 7 Giddings 0
2nd - Columbus 7 Giddings 7
3rd - Columbus 14 Giddings 14
4th - Columbus 21 Giddings 21
1OT - Columbus 21 Giddings 21
2OT - Columbus 28 Giddings 28
3OT - Columbus 28 Giddings 36