Saturday, September 4, 2010

Congrats, you may have made the playoffs

In 2009, there were just six teams in the Class A playoffs. That's because about three of the 11 teams in the class went winless and another didn't want to go with two wins. Yes, had they wanted to, the Tide could have went to the playoffs last year, but didn't.
So with that in mind, five Class A teams, including Columbia, scored wins last night. They were Reading Central Catholic, Millersburg, Steel-High and Upper Dauphin.
Class A teams losing were Camp Hill, Carson Long,Halifax and York Catholic.
Fairfield was idle.

Opponent scores

Here are the opening night scores of the Tide's remaining nine foes:
Northeastern lost to Juniata, 28-12
Daniel Boone crushed Donegal 43-16
Boiling Springs lost to Littlestown, 45-7
Elco lost to Hamubrg, 13-7
Annville-Cleona lost to Palmyra, 33-13
Northern Lebanon was crushed by Pine Grove, 35-7
Pequea Valley and York Tech combined for 94 points as the Techsters scored a 48-46 win
Lancaster Catholic opened with a 35-7 win over Trinity.

Columbia hits the road Friday

Columbia plays its first-ever game against Northeastern on Friday Night. Directions and information on the Bobcats can be found elsewhere on this site.
Northeastern lost its opener to Juniata last night:

The Bobcats play on a turf field and there are only bleachers on on side of the field.

Other stories

Here is the York Daily Record story on last night's game:

Here is the Lancaster Newspapers' story on last night's game:

Crimson Tide notebook

J.V team completes sweep
Columbia won the junior varsity game this morning by a 26-0 score. Bryan Flory scored three times. Andrew Combs scored once and added a two-point conversion.

Offensive number crunching
Columbia had 460 yards in total offense last night. The Tide rushed the ball 41 times for 320 yards with Brock Taylor leading the way with 107 yards on just five carries. Taylor also scored twice.  Junior quarterback Tyler Harrison, making his first start, rushed for 92 yards. His final number would have been higher, but he was sacked once and lost a fumble out of the shotgun for 11 yards. Passing wise, he was 11-19 for 158 yards and three scores -- two to Michael Burke IV and one to Seth Lfever.
Burke and Lefever both caught four passes each, while sophomore Nick Nobile had two big catches.In all, eight players touched the ball for the Tide.

Defensive number crunching
The Tide was victimized for 228 yards on the ground by the Golden Knights. Of those 228 yards, 146 of them came on two plaus. Quarterback Mark Holloway ran a keeper up the gut for 63 yards early in the game. Later, Mitch Leratonda sprinted 73 yards for a score. Holloway wa sacked a couple of times, operating out of the shotgun. Kevim Simms and Marcus Fischer had the sacks.

Odds and ends
There were no turnovers in the game.Columbi a recorded two safeties in the game late in the fourth quarter. One when Holloway was called for intentional grounding when pressured in the end zone by Dominic Trout and threw the ball straigh up in the air. The other game when a snap on an Eastern punt sailed out of the ened zone.  The Tide just missed a thtird safety late in the first half when the Knights downed the ball after a Tide score inside the one.
Here's another standout for the Tide. Senior Johnny Vazquez returns six kickoffs for 136 yards.

Injuriy update
Junior Dion Matthews is out three more weeks with a separates shoulder. During the game, Trout, Lefever and DJ Wells all missed time with cramping issues.

The 43 points was the most scored by a Tide team since Oct. 24, 2008 when the Tide put up 62 in a 52-20 win over Pequea Valley. The win also stopped an 11-game losing streak for the Tide, who had not won since beating Donegal, Oct. 31, 2008.