ANAMOSA — At face value, Friday’s 42-0 victory over Anamosa looks good on paper for the fifth-ranked Waterloo Columbus football team.
However, for a team that will host No. 1-ranked Waukon next week in what is likely a battle for the district title, it didn’t look quite as pretty.
“Tonight we had a little trouble with their front seven,” said Columbus coach Brad Schmit, whose team became the first Sailor squad since 1988 to start a season 6-0.
“They gave us their best, but our guys were resilient in their task and overcame that start. Our defense played lights out and the offense just continued to chip away at them. When we did get things rolling, you saw how dangerous we can be,”
The Sailors’ first two drives netted just four yards, but their defense delivered an early interception by Josh Heine. Three plays later, sophomore quarterback Carter Gallagher connected with Ben Sinnott for a 14-yard pitch-and-catch score.
The defense struck again on the following series with a fumble recovery, and Kobe Nobis broke off a 42-yard scoring run.
“This wasn’t really about the defense playing better or the offense struggling,” said defensive team captain Cannon Butler. “It is really all about the team. If one unit is struggling the other helps pick them up.
“Tonight I think we just got caught up in being on the road and it took a little while for our blood to get warmed up.”
Columbus held the Raiders’ ground game to a negative seven yards. Anamosa had 207 passing, but 80 of those yards came late in the game.
After grabbing that 14-0 first-quarter lead, Sinnott bulled through from six yards out and Gallagher bolted 15 yards for a 28-0 halftime lead.
The offense continued to click in the second half with Seidel breaking a pitch off to the left side, and after a crushing block by Butler, going untouched in the end zone to begin the running clock.
Nobis picked up his second score of the game on an eight-yard jaunt to round out the scoring.
Next up is a showdown the Sailors have been playing for.
“These kids focused on the Waukon game way back in the summer,” said Schmit. “Now it is here and we get to go toe-to-toe with the best team in the state in Class 2A. Waukon is what a good team is all about and if we want to be known as one of the best, we need to play the best tough.”
Columbus 42, Anamosa 0
Columbus 14 14 7 7 — 42
Anamosa 0 0 0 0 — 0
Col — Ben Sinnott 14 pass from Carter Gallagher (Ben Trost kick)
Col — Kobe Nobis 42 run (Trost kick)
Col — Sinnott 6 run (Trost kick)
Col — Gallagher 15 run (Trost kick)
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Col — Ray Seidel 31 run (Trost kick)
Col — Nobis 8 run (Trost kick)
First downs 18 11
Rushes-yards 37-321 23-(-7)
Passing yards 97 207
Comp-att-int 10-21-0 18-34-2
Return yards 32 107
Punts-avg. 4-39.5 7-26.5
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 6-35 3-20
COLUMBUS — Ray Seidel 22-167, Kobe Nobis 3-68, Ben Sinnott 2-12, Carter Gallagher 6-47, Josh Heine5-39.
ANAMOSA — Graham Humpal 9-minus 16, Alex Casey 10-1, Trey Klatt 1-minus 1, Jake Jess 3-7.
COLUMBUS — Gallagher 10-21-1, 97 yards.
ANAMOSA — Humpal 18-33-0, 207 yards, Nolan McLean 0-1-0.
COLUMBUS — Sinnott 5-62, Cannon Butler 1-18, Nobis 3-3, Dallas Westhoff 1-14.
ANAMOSA — Klatt 5-56, McLean 1-17, Sam Wilt 3-27, Seth Schoon 7-94, Jess 1-5, Justin Tjaden 1-4.