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Columbian loses opener to Whitmer

August 29, 2009 - Zach Baker

Due to technical difficulties, our web site could not be updated with stories for Saturday's edition.

Columbian lost to Whitmer Friday night, 35-7. Just about the only highlight for the Tornadoes was Ryan Tittle's 53-yard touchdown pass to Derek Kneeskern in the second quarter.

Tyler Ward intercepted a Joe Missler pass in the second quarter in Whitmer territory, but TC failed to capitalize.

- Missler is a heck of a quarterback. It's worth noting that he left last year's game at halftime with an injury. When he left that game (the 2008 opener), Columbian trailed, 20-7. The Tornadoes scored 21 unanswered points in the second half for a 28-20 win.

This time, Missler remained, though he did take some big hits. If they phased him, it was hard to tell. He shook off tacklers all the way to a 100-yard-plis rushing night, scoring a TD.

- TC's loss didn't appear to be because of a lack of effort, or even talent. It's just that when one team brings 49 players and the other close to 100, depth becomes an issue.

Nate Burns and Tittle each had some moments at quarterback, but not enough to separate themselves from each other. That's the impression I got afterward talking to TC coach Steve Gilbert.

I would say Tittle say a little more playing time (I didn't chart it, but it seemed that way). Each QB threw an interception, and each was somewhat responsible for a turnover in the Panthers red zone.

But each appeared mobile, and each took big hits from a tough defensive line. Really, Whitmer was just very good tonight, and Columbian struggled because of that.

Other scores of note:

McComb 20, Calvert 6

H-L 41, Eastwood 12

Carey 28, Upper Sandusky 0

Clear Fork 35, Seneca East 0

Buckeye Central 16, South Central 9

Clear Fork 35, Seneca East 0

Lakota 26, Northwood 0

Mohawk 19, Van Buren 0

Just me, or a lot of shutouts tonight?




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