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VINTON — Waterloo Columbus rode a strong night from its offense to a 51-33 non-district football victory at Vinton-Shellsburg Friday.

It was the third win in four games for the Sailors, who became the first Columbus team since 2005 to begin a season 3-1.

The Sailors totaled 528 yards on offense and got a big night from Ray Seidel, who ran for 240 yards on just 12 carries with scoring runs of 7, 74, and 13 yards.

“He really stepped it up tonight,” noted Columbus head coach Brad Schmit, “even though he had one carry for 11 yards in the first half. Kobe Nobis has been our regular workhorse, but I decided to use Ray more tonight.”

Columbus came out ready to play and the Sailors stopped the Vikings (0-4) on their two first drives and responded with a pair of touchdowns.

Parker Westhoff hit Cannon Butler with a 17-yard scoring pass on Columbus’ first drive. Westhoff connected with Reed Ulses for a 22-yard score on the next drive. For the game, Westhoff was 13 of 23 with two interceptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Vinton-Shellsburg’s Will Dudley carried the ball 59 yards on the last play of the opening half to cut the Viking deficit to 17-14 at the half, but they got no closer. Columbus closed out the win with a 20-point fourth quarter.

Caden Ludwig had two of the Sailors’ three interceptions and returned one for a 65-yard score. Nobis had the other pick.

Columbus opens district play at Oelwein next Friday.

Columbus 51, Vinton-Shells. 33

Columbus 14 3 14 20 – 51

Vinton-Shellsburg 0 14 13 6 – 33

Col – Cannon Butler 17 pass from Parker Westhoff (Ben Trost kick)

Col – Reed Ulses 22 pass from Westhoff (Trost kick)

Col – FG Trost 30

VS – Dallas Cotrell 9 pass from Jose Wilson (Alex Pladsen kick)

VS – Will Dudley 59 run (Pladsen kick)

Col – Seidel 7 run (Trost kick)

VS – Dudley 1 run (Pladsen kick)

Col – Caden Ludwig 65 interception return (Trost kick)

Col – Seidel 74 run (kick failed)

VS – Dudley 7 run (kick failed)

VS – Wilson 1 run (kick failed)

Col – Donald Patnode 9 run (Trost kick)

Col – Seidel 13 run (Trost kick)

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