Columbia rattled off 54 straight points to cruise to a 54-15 nonconference win Friday over Salem.
Ardi Seljimi’s 78-yard run in Salem’s first possession put the Wildcats up early.
Columbia senior Jordan Holmes scored on 33- and 38-yard touchdown passes from quarterback Nic Horner and running back Colton Byrd had scoring carries of 19 and 28 yards.
Then Sam Horner booted a 22-yard field goal to close out the first-half scoring and put the Eagles on top 30-7.
In the third quarter Nic Horner connected with Sam Horner on a 78-yard touchdown, Byrd scored his third touchdown on a five-yard run and Jared Germain hit on a 36-yard field goal.
Dylan Hildebrand closed out the scoring for the Eagles by falling on a blocked punt in the Salem end zone.
Columbia (2-1) is at home against Wesclin at 7 p.m. Friday.
Carlyle outlasts Red Bud
Carlyle outlasted Red Bud in a back-and-forth Cahokia Conference showdown Friday, 36-33.
Griffin Ziebold connected on a four-yard touchdown pass to Alex Birchler to put Red Bud on top, 26-22, at the end of the third quarter.
But Carlyle rallied ahead on a pair of touchdown connections between quarterback Alex Huels and Tyler Siever, one from 33-yards out and the game-winner from four yards out with 3:20 left.
Huels threw for four scores in the game including the two to Siever, a 48-yard touchdown to Nick Becker and a one-yard toss to Jared VonderHaar.
Ziebold had five touchdown passes and 310 yards in the loss. Austin Melliere had eight catches for 128 yards including an 85-yard touchdown to lead Red Bud.
Carlyle (3-0) is at Central at 7 p.m. Friday. Red Bud (1-2) travels to Salem.
Highland takes down Marion
The Highland Bulldogs traveled to Williamson County to deliver a 45-27 beating to the Marion Wildcats.
Highland (3-0) entered the game averaging 55 points per game. The Bulldogs open their Mississippi Valley Conference schedule next Friday at home against Jerseyville.
Triad rolls past Mount Vernon
Triad scored 49 unanswered first-half points and cruised to a 55-7 nonconference victory over Mount Vernon. The Knights, who earned votes in the Illinois Class 5A football poll, are now averaging 49 points per game.
Triad (3-0) next faces Mississippi Valley Conference rival Civic Memorial on Friday.
Mascoutah falls short to Mahomet-Seymour
Dawson Finch completed a 20-yard touchdown to Jordan Veldman with 2:11 left and connected again on the two-point PAT to give Mahomet-Seymour a 22-21 win over Mascoutah.
Mascoutah (1-2) returns home for an MVC game against Waterloo at 7 p.m. Friday.
Alton blows out Collinsville
The Alton Redbirds started the running game clock in the third quarter in a 70-19 Southwestern Conference defeat of Collinsville.
Charles Miller passed for three touchdowns for the Redbirds, including strikes of 25 and 17 yards to Jonathan Bumpers and a 19-yard score to Antonio Harrison.
For Collinsville, Chris Chi connected with Malcolm Burns from 57 yards out, Kameron Sloan ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Kyler Williams scored from 19 yards out.
The Kahoks (0-3) next travel to O’Fallon next Friday. Alton (2-1) will be at Belleville West.
Nunn does it all for Central
Trent Nunn completed 12 of 16 passes for 271 yards and a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 183 yards and three scores more to lead Central to a 42-27 Cahokia Conference victory at Freeburg Friday.
Tyler Malone and Timothy Callahan were the targets on Nunns two passing touchdowns.
The Midgets carried a 27-21 lead into halftime, but were blanked by the Cougars in the final two quarters.
Freeburg quarterback Cal Clossen was 17 for 27 for 170 yards and touchdown passes to Zach Pluff and Tyler White. He also rushed for 83 yards. Hayden Shea also scored on a 10 yard run and Brendan Meng returned a failed Central field goal attempt 92 yards for a touchdown.
Central (3-0) is at home next Friday for Cahokia Conference play against Carlyle. Freeburg (1-2) is at home against Paris.
Wesclin remains undefeated
Wesclin scored three unanswered touchdowns to knock off Nashville, 35-14, and remain undefeated through three weeks.
Gavin Bilbruck put Wesclin ahead at the half with three touchdown runs including a 62-yard score late in the second quarter. Josh DeMage added insurance on a two-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and Tyler Harbison put the game away with an interception return.
Wesclin (3-0) next travels to Columbia.
Waterloo holds off Carbondale
Carbondale took a third-quarter lead, but Waterloo rallied to a 25-19 victory at Frank Bleyer Field.
The Bulldogs scored the go-ahead points on a fourth-and-1 run by quarterback Graham Baker with 53 seconds left.
Waterloo (1-2) is at Mascoutah next Friday at 7 p.m.