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SEYMOUR — Columbus East entered Friday night’s Hoosier Hills Conference football game at Seymour ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, and the Olympians played to their ranking, blanking the Owls 61-0.
“I thought our kids came out and took the battle to them early,” Olympians coach Bob Gaddis said. “It was a tough week of preparation. We wanted to come out and play well, and we also wanted to have some sportsmanship while we did it. I’ve been on the other side of it, but I thought our kids did a nice job of playing the football game.”
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The Olympians (3-0, 1-0 HHC) didn’t wait long to get on the scoreboard at Bulleit Stadium as Markell Jones took a hand-off at the East 20-yard line, raced through the left side of the Seymour defense and ran untouched for his first score of the night. Paul Baker kicked the PAT for a 7-0 score at 11:48.
Jones went on to score touchdowns on runs of 21, 38 and 45 yards, and his fourth score came with 13.8 seconds left in the first quarter. He was through running the ball for the game and finished with 184 yards on those four carries.
“I thought our offensive line did a nice job,” Gaddis said. “We’ve been able to run the football decently all year. Our offense starts up front, and our offensive line did another great job.”
The Olympians also found other ways to score in the first quarter as Sean Owens caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Alex Cowan, Steven O’Neal scored on a 78-yard kickoff return and Tyler Campbell blocked a punt for a safety.
“On the blocked punt we had a return on, and we always have a couple guys go for the block, and Campbell blocked it, and that was our second one this year,” Gaddis said.
“Our kickoff return was by a sophomore. He had a gap, and we blocked really well. It’s good that our special teams made some plays, also.”
Game officials went to a running clock in the second quarter. The Olympians kept the offense rolling as Owens scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter, Jason Kimmet ran 68 yards for a TD in the third period, and Jake Martindale returned an interception 30 yards for a score on the final play of the game.
“We played some guys that are seniors that don’t start in that third quarter, and a lot of kids got in in the fourth quarter, and I thought they did pretty well,” Gaddis said.
Gaddis said he is pleased with the 3-0 start to the season.
“I think we’re where we want to be,” he said. “You’re always concerned about injuries early in the season, but I think we’ve progressed, and we want to put ourselves in position to compete for the conference championship at the end of the year.”
East piled up 317 yards of total offense and held the Owls to 16 yards total offense.
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