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EA-WR junior Lucas Wells scrambles to pick up nine yards on Friday vs. Columbia.
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Columbia junior Drew Huebner finds himself wrapped up by the Oiler defensive line, Blake Weishaupt, Shiloh Shoppell, Darian McLemore, and Anthony Lane.
WOOD RIVER - The East Alton-Wood River Oilers kicked off their season at Memorial Stadium against the Columbia Eagles Friday and found themselves on their heels as the Eagles soared over the Oilers 62-0.
Columbia senior quarterback Jacob Hill helped his own cause by crossing the goal line on a six-yard run and throwing a 27-yard pass to senior Brendan Wilhelm and 15-yard pass to junior Chris Wagner. Lou Isringhaus ran for 75 yards to score to elevate the Eagles to a decisive 26-0 advantage in the first quarter against the Oilers.
"When you're able to run the ball as successfully as we did tonight, the game ball has to go out to our offensive line," said Columbia head coach Scott Horner. "We were able to mix it up in the back field and go to with several different options - our kids played really well."
The second quarter proved to be just as trying for the Oilers and EA-WR head coach Joe Parmentier as the Eagles added to their lead with a 16-yard TD run from 5-foot-11 senior Lamont Read and a pair of 10-yard TD runs from Lou Isringhaus and junior Kenny Fields. The Oilers went to the locker room at halftime with a 46-0 deficit facing them.
"Our guys didn't try to force things that weren't there," Horner said. "I was really impressed tonight by Lamont Read...he's proving to be a play maker."
Columbia kept the pressure on the Oilers through the third quarter as Kenny Fields scrambled for a 65-yard kick off return following a safety against EA-WR, adding nine more points on the board before entering the fourth quarter. Columbia senior Andrew Locke was able to capitalize late in the fourth on a 46-yard interception thrown by EA-WR freshman Justin Englar after he took over in the quarterback spot for junior Lucas Wells.
"They sure gave us a lot to work on this week," said EA-WR assistant coach Dan Smith. "Our kids never quit and they are ready to go back to work tomorrow. This was our first test and in many ways we failed, but I'd rather get those fails out now before facing a conference team."
EA-WR 0, COLUMBIA 62
EA-WR 0 0 0 0=0
COL. L Isringhaus-75-yard run (McClanahan kick)
COL. Hill-6-yard run (McClanahan kick)
COL. Wilhel- 27-yard pass from Hill (McClanahan kick)
COL. Wagner-15-yard pass from Hill (McClanahan kick)
COL. Read-16-yard run (McClanahan kick)
COL. Fields-10-yard run (McClanahan kick blocked by EA-WR Shiloh Shoppell)
COL. Isringhaus-10-yard run (McClanahan kick)
COL. Mack Sottile-Safety
COL. Fields-65-yard kick off return
COL. Locke-46-yard interception