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Late TD propels Bloomington North over Columbus North 19-14
September 7, 2013Columbus North High School
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Sophomore Jack Smith passed for 198 yards and two touchdowns Friday evening (Sept. 6), sparking the Bloomington North football team to a 19-14 victory over Columbus North in the Conference Indiana opener for both squads.
Smith's second TD pass proved decisive, a 46-yard connection with junior Alex Richardson with 3:28 remaining that allowed the visiting Cougars to overcome a two-point deficit and return to Bloomington with a 2-1 overall record.
Earlier, Smith hit junior Drew Ludwig for a 64-yard touchdown and BN senior Hunter Jastremski broke free for a 54-yard TD run.
Columbus North (0-3) countered Jastremski's opening score with Kaleb Steele's 5-yard touchdown run. Then after the Cougars went ahead 12-7 on the Smith-to-Ludwig TD, the host Bull Dogs took a 14-12 edge at the half when senior Michael Vogel passed 10 yards to junior Weston Moore for a score.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the third quarter, but both saw drives end in missed field goals. CN junior Collin Ebel was wide left from 34 yards with 5:16 left in the period, but BN senior Brock Elmore had an attempt from 47 yards fall short on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Bull Dogs followed with a pair of first downs before turning the ball over on downs, but they got another chance when junior Jacob Hamblin intercepted Smith at the CN 17. The Cougars, however, forced a three-and-out and took advantage of a short field following an Ebel 28-yard punt.
Jastremski netted 7 yards on two carries and a procedure penalty made it third-and-8 from the 46. But Smith flipped a screen pass to Richardson, who turned the play into a 46-yard scoring dash with 3:28 left.
Columbus North produced a pair of first downs on a final possession, but the Bull Dogs were unable to cross midfield before turning the ball over on downs with 1:29 to go. CN used its remaining timeouts to force Bloomington North into a third-and-5 situation with 1:23 to go, but Smith rolled out and hit senior Griffin Green for a 13-yard pass for a game-clinching first down.
Smith finished by completing 13-of-20 passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Jastremski rushed 21 times for 147 yards as the Cougars outgained the hosts 341-252. Richardson totaled five receptions for 93 yards, while Ludwig made four catches for 94 yards.
Steele paced the Columbus North ground attack with 53 yards on 16 carries, while junior Jonathan Byers added 49 yards on 11 attempts. Vogel completed 14-of-28 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Byers had three catches for 50 yards, while senior Jared Newkirk had three catches for 33 yards. Moore caught four balls for 21 yards.
Ebel joined Hamblin with an interception, while Byers and junior Clay Johnson each recovered fumbles for Columbus North. But the four takeaways were not enough as Bloomington North was able to make the plays it needed in the fourth quarter.
Columbus North returns to action at 7:30 p.m. next Friday (Sept. 13) when it visits Franklin Central (2-1, 1-0). Bloomington North is on the road at rival Bloomington South (1-2, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday (Sept. 13).
At Columbus North
Bloomington North ..... 12 0 0 7 -- 19
Columbus North ......... 7 7 0 0 -- 14
BN -- Hunter Jastremski 54 run (kick failed), 10:40 1Q
CN -- Kaleb Steele 5 run (Collin Ebel kick), 6:11 1Q
BN -- Drew Ludwig 64 pass from Jack Smith (run failed), 5:11 1Q
CN -- Weston Moore 10 pass from Michael Vogel (Collin Ebel kick), 2:23 2Q
BN -- Alex Richardson 46 pass from Jack Smith (Brock Elmore kick), 3:28 4Q
Team Statistics CN BN
First downs .......................14 13
Rushes-yards .................40-115 23-143
Passing yards ..................137 198
Comp-Att-Int ................ 14-28-0 13-20-2
Total yards ...................... 252 341
Fumbles-Lost ...................0-0 4-2
Punts-Average ................5-27.4 2-36.5
Penalties-Yards .............. 7-60 6-40
Rushing -- Columbus North: Kaleb Steele 16-53, Jonathan Byers 11-49, Michael Vogel 11-5, Tyler Wang 1-4, Weston Moore 1-4. Bloomington North: Hunter Jastremski 21-147, Jack Smith 2-(-4).
Passing -- Columbus North: Michael Vogel 14-28-0, 137 yards. Bloomington North: Jack Smith 13-20-2, 198 yards.
Receiving -- Columbus North: Weston Moore 4-21, Jonathan Byers 3-50, Jared Newkirk 3-33, Clay Roberts 2-19, Barrett Branum 2-14. Bloomington North: Alex Richardson 5-93, Drew Ludwig 4-94, Griffin Green 1-13, Hunter Jastremski 2-0, Jon Frederick 1-(-2).
Missed Field Goals -- Columbus North: Collin Ebel, 34 (wl). Bloomington North: Brock Elmore, 47 (short).