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Southport outlasts Columbus North 28-21 in football
October 19, 2013Columbus North High School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Luke Johnston passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns Friday night (Oct. 18) to spark the Class 6A No. 5 Southport football team to a 28-21 victory over Columbus North at Perry Stadium.
A 6-4, 175-pound sophomore, Johnston completed 20-of-29 passes -- including TDs of 3 yards to senior Tim Jewell, 65 yards to senior Klayton Byrd and 12 yards to senior Chinoya Phiri -- as the host Cardinals completed their regular season at 9-0 overall and 7-0 in Conference Indiana.
Senior Christian Perry also ran for 170 yards and a touchdown for the winners.
Johnston's scoring pass to Phiri with 8:35 left in the game, where the 5-11, 220-pound back broke a couple of tackles and burst into the end zone, proved decisive.
Senior Michael Vogel accounted for 166 yards and two TDs for Columbus North, which completed the regular season at 3-6 and 3-4. Junior Josh Holt added 89 yards and a score for the Bull Dogs.
Holt opened the scoring with a 1-yard run late in the first quarter, but Southport tied the game on Johnston's pass to Jewell.
The Cardinals went ahead 14-7 when Johnston hit Byrd near the right sideline, and Byrd broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a long score. Columbus North, however, drew even just before the half when Vogel passed 11 yards to junior Weston Moore for a 14-14 deadlock at the half.
Perry gave Southport a 21-14 lead with a 1-yard TD with 4:21 left in the third quarter, but Vogel broke free for a 69-yard touchdown on the Bull Dogs' first play from scrimmage on their ensuing possession. Vogel finished with 125 yards rushing.
After Johnston and Phiri teamed to give the Cardinals their final lead, Columbus North managed one first down before junior Collin Ebel pinned Southport on its own 9-yard line with a 56-yard punt with 5:29 to go. But the Cardinals ran the ball 11 times in a row, producing five first downs, to chew up the remaining time and close out its undefeated regular season.
Columbus North returns to action at 7 p.m. next Friday (Oct. 25) when it visits Jeffersonville (5-4) in the Class 6A Sectional 8 first-round game. Southport hosts Perry Meridian (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday (Oct. 25) in a Class 6A Sectional 7 first-round game.
Columbus North ............. 7 7 7 0 -- 21
Southport ........................ 0 14 7 7 -- 28
CN -- Josh Holt 1 run (Collin Ebel kick), 2:01 1Q
S -- Tim Jewell 3 pass from Luke Johnston (Jacob Jurgen kick), 8:36 2Q
S -- Klayton Byrd 65 pass from Luke Johnston (Jacob Jurgen kick), 4:32 2Q
CN -- Weston Moore 11 pass from Michael Vogel (Collin Ebel kick), 0:42 2Q
S -- Christian Perry 1 run (Jacob Jurgen kick), 4:21 3Q
CN -- Michael Vogel 69 run (Collin Ebel kick), 4:09 3Q
S -- Chinoya Phiri 12 pass from Luke Johnston (Jacob Jurgen kick), 8:35 4Q
Team Statistics CN S
First downs .......................13 24
Rushes-yards ................32-215 36-195
Passing yards .................. 41 274
Comp-Att-Int ................. 5-13-1 20-29-0
Total yards ......................256 469
Fumbles-Lost ...................1-1 0-0
Punts-Average ................4-48.5 2-32.5
Penalties-Yards ............. 6-48 8-52
Rushing -- Columbus North: Michael Vogel 13-125, Josh Holt 18-89, Jonathan Byers 1-1. Southport: Christian Perry 28-170, Chinoya Phiri 3-26, Cardell Tucker 1-17, Luke Johnston 4-(-18).
Passing -- Columbus North: Michael Vogel 5-13-1, 41 yards. Southport: Luke Johnston 20-29-0, 274 yards.
Receiving -- Columbus North: Jared Newkirk 3-22, Weston Moore 1-11, Josh Holt 1-8. Southport: Klayton Byrd 8-146, Cardell Tucker 5-63, Tim Jewell 3-37, Chinoya Phiri 3-28, Christian Perry 1-0.
Missed Field Goals -- Columbus North: None. Southport: None.