- FOOTBALL: Discoverers Sail Away Early From Vikings
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---Columbus rolled into Waverly Friday night with one thing on their mind---revenge.
The Discoverers, behind quarterback Michael Koch, sprinted out to an early lead and never looked back in their 34-7 victory over the Vikings in the season opener for both teams at Viking Stadium.
Columbus (1-0) avenged last year's 19-17 heartbreaker to Waverly by scoring on their first two possessions.
Koch ran for 16-yards for the first touchdown with 8:26 left in the first quarter, then found Caleb Esch on an 84-yard touchdown pass with less than two-and-a-half minutes in the first, giving the Discoverers a 14-0 advantage.
Waverly (0-1) managed to put together a solid drive on their third series, when Rhett Jordan found Jay Adams for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 8:43 in 2nd that cut the Columbus lead in half. From there, the Discovers kicked it into overdrive and pulled away.
Koch scampered for a 21-yard touchdown run, then Joseph Braasch capitalized on a 6-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds remaining in the 2nd quarter and Columbus held a 27-7 halftime lead.
Columbus tacked on one more scoring drive, with running back Juan Leon scoring on a 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Koch had 292 yards of total offense, running for 11 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
The Discoverers shut down the Viking offense, allowing just 176 total yards.