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Here is a recap of the opening weekend of high school football games.
Big 3rd quarter lifts Columbia past Mascoutah
Highly rated Columbia opened the season in impressive fashion, blasting past host Mascoutah 28-7 on Saturday.
A 15-point third quarter keyed the Eagles’ victory. Columbia struck first in the second quarter, as Donavan Bieber scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Sam Horner added the PAT. Mascoutah responded, as Timothy Middleton hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Ross Devon, with Logen Timmon booting the extra point.
Columbia, however, quickly responded, as Sam Horner grabbed a 25-yard scoring strike from brother Nic Horner late in the first half for a 13-7 margin.
The Horner brothers hooked up for another score in the third quarter, this time for 13 yards. Londyn Little’s 98-yard interception return for a touchdown, followed by Sam Horner’s extra point, later in the period completed the scoring and sent CHS to an impressive Week 1 verdict.
Columbia is ranked seventh in the Class 4A preseason poll.
Edwardsville battles McCluer North
Despite the elements Friday, Edwardsville almost got in a full quarter against McCluer North before the weather stopped action with EHS leading 7-6. Justin Johnson had a 37-yard touchdown run for the Tigers, with Jonathan Rothert adding the extra point.
Despite the shortened game, it appears Edwardsville will get credited with the win. According to STL Today, McCluer North originally agreed to resume the game at 1 p.m. Saturday. But school administrators ultimately decided to cancel the contest altogether.
Edwardsvile athletics director Alex Fox told STL Today he believes it will eventually go down as a 7-6 win for his team.
Red Bud knocks off Pinckneyville
Red Bud sidestepped the weather Friday to open the season with a 25-14 win against Pinckneyville.
Jayden Birkner rushed for two touchdowns and added a 41-yard scoring strike to Parker Van Dorn for the Musketeers, while Chase Ward contributed another rushing touchdown.
Cahokia takes on Collinsville
Cahokia opened the 2019 campaign with a solid 26-0 home win Saturday against Collinsville.
Althoff falls in opener
The Crusaders dropped a 52-7 to IC Catholic in their season opener Saturday.
O’Fallon downed by CBC
O’Fallon’s first game under coach Byron Gettis was a high scoring affair. Unfortunately, the Panthers were on the losing end, falling to CBC 65-28 on Saturday.
Waterloo cruises in opener
Waterloo kicked off the 2019 campaign with a 36-14 victory against Herrin.
Wood River rallies past Breese Central
Wood River overcame a 12-0 deficit to defeat Breese Central 24-20 on Saturday. Two touchdown runs from Brody Newberry and another from Brandon Noel in the third quarter buoyed the Oilers to victory.
Freeburg eases past Sparta
Freeburg commenced 2019 with a 30-14 win against Sparta. The Midgets lead 16-6 at halftime and scored a fourth quarter touchdown the put the game away.
Wesclin, Dupo lock horns
Weslin outlasted Dupo in the season opener for both teams 34-30.
Carlyle dispatches Nashville
The Indians rolled to a 64-0 verdict against the Hornets.
Alton falls in season opener
The Redirds suffered a tough 36-14 setback at Moline in Week 1.
Big 4th quarter lifts Jerseyville past Granite City
The Panthers scored nine unanswered points to defeat Granite City 23-14 on Saturday. Matthew Jackson’s 4-yard touchdown run midway through the final frame put Jerseyville in front for good. A late safety salted the victory.
Mater Dei drops tough decision
A 12-point fourth quarter vaulted Effingham past Mater Dei on Saturday.
The Knights led 28-20 heading into the final 12 minutes, but Effingham regrouped with a pair of touchdowns to post the victory.
Triad clobbers Mattoon
The Knights had little resistance in their season opener, dumping Mattoon 41-7 on Saturday.
Highland falls to Mt. Zion
Highland fell behind 21-7 and ultimately dropped a 31-21 verdict to Mt. Zion on Saturday.