Columbia City spoils homecoming for Vikings

The Huntington North defense stacks up Columbia City running back Jacob Wigent in action at Kriegbaum Field on Friday night, Sept. 8. The Vikings lost, 20-10.
The Huntington North defense stacks up Columbia City running back Jacob Wigent in action at Kriegbaum Field on Friday night, Sept. 8. The Vikings lost, 20-10. Photo by Steve Clark.

Columbia City spoiled homecoming night for the Huntington North High School varsity football team, sticking the Vikings with a 20-10 loss on Friday, Sept. 8.

Huntington North and its guest traded scores throughout the opening half. The first score came courtesy of running back Jacob Wigent, who scampered into the end zone from eight yards out to give the Eagles, who would miss the extra point, a 6-0 lead with 7:22 to go in the first quarter. The Vikings responded at the 8:41 mark in the following frame, cutting the deficit in half with a 25-yard field goal by sophomore Aidan Hosler. Columbia City countered just under a minute later, getting another touchdown run from Wigent, this one a 75-yarder. The Eagles were successful on a two-point conversion and upped their advantage on Coach Rick Burnau’s squad to 14-3.

Huntington North didn’t go quietly into halftime, though. With less than five minutes until intermission, defensive lineman Colton Hasty blocked a Columbia City punt deep in its territory, recovering the ball on the Eagles’ 12-yard line. On the Vikings’ second play of the ensuing drive, senior Richard Gutierrez ran the ball in from 11 yards out, cutting the visitors’ lead down to 14-10 by the break.

After a scoreless third quarter, the game slipped away from Huntington North near the start of the fourth. Following a Viking fumble near midfield, the Eagles’ quarterback, Jacob Bolt, completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ethan Christen, which would prove to be the contest’s final score.

Huntington North, 0-4, 0-2 in the Northeast 8 Conference, was led by sophomore running back Jayce Lawrence, who rushed for 72 yards on eight carries. Senior Mason Landrum added 48 yards on 14 rushes for the Vikings, who totaled 156 yards on the ground and 232 yards on offense overall.

On the defensive side of the ball, Huntington North was paced by linebacker Charlie Agnew. The junior registered a team-high eight and a half tackles, one of which was a sack. He also recovered a fumble.

Sophomore linebacker Isaac Hill logged six and a half tackles while senior defensive end Samuel Morin recorded a pair of sacks.

In addition to scoring the Vikings’ lone touchdown, Gutierrez made his presence felt defensively with an interception.

Columbia City, 3-1, 2-0 in conference, got 167 yards on the ground from Wigent, who carried the ball 24 times. The Eagles finished with 354 yards on offense.