Friday Night Lights: Columbia routs East MarionBy STAFF,
Marion County was buzzing with football tonight as all four high school stayed in the county in an action-packed Friday night.
The biggest game of the night was between Columbia (2-0) and East Marion (1-1), and it was all Wildcats as they won 60-14 on the road. West Marion (2-0) protected its home turf with a 36-13 win over Lumberton, and Columbia Academy fell 17-0 at home to Adams County Christian.
Columbia at East Marion
It didn’t take long for the Columbia-East Marion rivalry game to be decided as the Wildcats put 21 points on the board in the blink of an eye and routed the Eagles 60-14.
Columbia’s Greg Fortenberry and Justin Lee started the action with Fortenberry blocking an East Marion punt and Lee returning it 12 yards for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, East Marion let the deep kick take a Wildcats bounce and Amere Woodham fielded it at the 1 and was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
Then on Columbia’s first offensive play, Kentrel Bullock trucked an Eagles defender and was off to the races for a 36-yard touchdown. East Marion lost a fumble on the second play of its next drive, and it took the Wildcats just three plays to find the end zone again as Omarie Johnson broke a tackle and captured the corner for an 11-yard score to make it 21-0 five minutes into the game.
Bullock ran in another touchdown on Columbia’s next drive, then quarterback Josh Brown got in on the action with a 52-yard scamper to the end zone to put the Wildcats up 33-0 midway through the second quarter.
The Eagles finally got something going, though, as Devin Daniels scrambled to his left and launched a perfect deep ball that hit Woodham in stride for a 49-yard touchdown.
Bullock added another touchdown before the end of the first half, a 31-yarder on a speed option as the Wildcats took a 40-6 lead into halftime.
The second half was much of the same as Columbia cruised to the finish line.
2nd Half Scoring Summary:
CHS-Javen Moses to Sadarrion Magee 29-yard TD pass (47-6, 4:26 3rd quarter)
CHS-KD Andrews 3-yard touchdown run (53-6, 2:22 3rd quarter)
EM-Latral Waller 35-yard touchdown run (53-14, 1:41 3rd quarter)
CHS-Jonathan Wiltz 70-yard touchdown run (60-14, 8:23 4th quarter)
Columbia will head to Wilkinson County (1-1) Friday night for a heavy weight matchup. The two teams nearly met up in last year's postseason, but Wilkinson County was upset 34-27 in overtime by Crystal Springs in the first round. Wilkinson County lost its opener to Class 5A Natchez 34-18 and beat Amite County 50-35 tonight.
The Eagles will take the short trip across the river to Foxworth to take on West Marion. The rivals have played each other extremely close the last two years with the Trojans winning 14-12 last season and the Eagles winning 18-14 in 2017.
Lumberton at West Marion
The Trojans defeated a tough and talented Lumberton team 36-13 for West Marion’s second straight win.
Lumberton started the second half with the momentum, but it was crushed when Trojans cornerback Ott Mitchell intercepted the ball and Jayden Duncan passed to O’Marion Husband for a 76-yard touchdown.
The game was sealed when the Panthers fumbled with 1:23 left in the game.
West Marion faces East Marion next week at Trojan Field in Foxworth.
Adams County Christian at Columbia Academy
Columbia Academy suffered its second tough loss of the season tonight in its home opener 17-0 to Adams County Christian.
The Cougars struggled to find any traction offensively and were shut out for the first time since 2013. However, Adams has one of the most difficult offenses to stop in all of MAIS, and the CA defense came to play.
Up next for the Cougars is a trip to Brookhaven Academy (2-0) before beginning district play Sept. 13 against Bowling Green. Brookhaven beat Sylva Bay Academy 43-31 in its opener and Amite School Center 46-7 tonight.
The Cougars have fared well in recent contests against Brookhaven, beating it 47-6 in 2016 and 40-0 in 2015.
Pictured Above: Columbia sophomore running back Omarie Johnson beats East Marion's Devin Daniels to the corner for a first-quarter touchdown. | Photo by Joshua Campbell