Boys Varsity Football
COLUMBUS, Ind. – Senior Cortez Bandy ran for three touchdowns and junior Trenton Kelley threw for two long scores Friday night (Sept. 15), lifting the Columbus North football team to a 37-13 victory over Terre Haute South at Max Andress Field.
Bandy totaled 136 yards on 20 carries and Kelley completed 15-of-22 passes for 307 yards as the Bull Dogs moved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Conference Indiana on their Senior Night. Kelley’s passing yardage was the second best single game in CN annals, better than the 304-yard game he had earlier this season but behind the Bull Dogs’ record – a 389-yard effort by Ryan Genth in 1989.
The result also moved coach Tim Bless' career record at Columbus North to 117-80. The win total is just one shy of the CNHS/CHS football win total held by Max Andress, whose teams went 118-79-10 in 21 seasons from 1951-1971.
Sophomore Collins Turner threw for 140 yards and one touchdown to lead the Braves (1-4, 1-2).
For the game, Columbus North outgained the visitors 521-287 while using an offense that combined some big plays with a grind-it-out-approach.
Kelley provided the big plays, combining with senior Jaylen Flemmons on an 80-yard second-quarter touchdown and teaming with junior D’Andre Scruggs on a 57-yard TD strike. Bandy broke free for gains of 12, 29, 10 and 19 yards, but his other 16 carries proved to be efficient ones.
The Bull Dogs’ defense intercepted Turner three times. Junior Langston Lunsford grabbed two of the picks, and senior J.D. Harris had the other to raise his season total to four.
Columbus North opened the scoring early in the first quarter when Bandy plunged into the end zone from the Braves’ 1 after Collins mishandled a punt snap and CN gained possession on the THS 17.
Bandy scored again on the first play of the second quarter, running in from the 5 to cap a five-play, 25-yard drive set up when Harris returned a THS punt 37 yards.
The Braves countered with a 31-yard Turner-to-K.C. Bender scoring pass to cut its deficit to 14-7. However, the Bull Dogs responded on the first play of the ensuing possession when Kelley hit Flemmons near the right sideline, Flemmons broke a tackle and turned the play into an 80-yard score.
Langston’s first interception set up the next score, a holding call on the return minimizing a long return and giving CN the ball on its 38. But a Bandy 19-yard burst and a 37-yard Kelley-to-Flemmons connection left just Bandy 4 yards for his third TD.
Columbus North found the end zone on the first play of the first possession of the third quarter. Kelley hit Scruggs on a quick slant from the right, and Scruggs burst through the defense and down the left sideline for a 57-yard touchdown.
Sophomore Spencer Rivera added a 25-yard field goal later in the period for Columbus North, and Terre Haute South scored on the game’s final possession when freshman Jacob Rutledge squeezed into the end zone from the 2.
The Bull Dog recognized 19 senior players plus one senior manager at halftime. Among those feted were Logan Abbott, Kamran Ahmad, Tristan Bailey, Bandy, Andrew Chapman, Austin Cooper, Noah Earl, Flemmons, Davin Greenlee, Harris, manager Matthew Hartman, Damon Hunter Jr., Gabe Hutton, Brigham Kleinhenz, Caleb Larrison, Will Robbins, Tanner Tran, Nick Tungett, Cortez Villa and Drew Wilson.
The game also was a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game, where CN senior Jenna Borger put together a Senior Project program designed to raise funds for charity, plus provide information about cancer screenings and treatments. Her efforts will have generated more than $2,500 for the American Cancer Society, although an exact final number has yet to be determined.
Columbus North returns to action at 7:30 p.m. next Friday (Sept. 22) when it visits Terre Haute North (4-1, 2-1), where Bless could tie the CNHS/CHS record for football coaching victories. Terre Haute South is back to the field at 7:30 p.m. next Friday when it hosts Bloomington South (2-3, 1-2). Both are Conference Indiana games.
At Columbus North
Terre Haute South ………… 0 7 0 6 – 13
Columbus North …………… 7 20 10 0 – 37
CN – Cortez Bandy 1 run (Drew Wilson kick), 9:31 1Q
CN – Cortez Bandy 5 run (Drew Wilson kick), 11:55 2Q
THS – K.C. Bender 31 pass from Collins Turner (Orian Roshel kick), 8:17 2Q
CN – Jaylen Flemmons 80 pass from Trenton Kelley (Drew Wilson kick), 7:59 2Q
CN – Cortez Bandy 4 run (kick failed), 3:53 2Q
CN – D’Andre Scruggs 57 pass from Trenton Kelley (Spencer Rivera kick), 11:41 3Q
CN – FG Spencer Rivera 25, 7:47 3Q
THS – Jacob Rutledge 2 run (kick failed), 0:06 4Q
TEAM STATISTICS CN THS
First downs ....................... 15 14
Rushes-yards ................33-214 42-147
Passing yards ................... 307 140
Comp-Att-Int ..................15-22-0 9-19-3
Total yards ....................... 521 287
Fumbles-Lost .................... 2-2 4-0
Punts-average ................ 0-0.0 4-33.5
Penalties-yards ............... 7-74 3-25
Time of possession ........ 20:15 27:45
RUSHING – Columbus North: Cortez Bandy 20-136, Blake Huffman 6-40, Trenton Kelley 3-18, Daveed Jolley 3-11, Michael Johnson 1-9. Terre Haute South: Jacob Rutledge 10-51, Elijah Rivera 6-43, Collins Turner 16-26, Jase Dressler 5-23, Griffin Comer 1-0, Nick Hale 1-(-1).
PASSING – Columbus North: Trenton Kelley, 15-22-0, 307 yards. Terre Haute South: Collins Turner 9-19-3, 140 yards.
RECEIVING – Columbus North: Jaylen Flemmons 5-152, D’Andre Scruggs 5-90, Tristan Bailey 4-53, Cortez Bandy 1-12. Terre Haute South: K.C. Bender 3-106, Elijah Rivera 2-18, Jase Dressler 2-6, Carter Herrin 1-9, Jake Carlson 1-1.
MISSED FIELD GOALS – Columbus North: Drew Wilson, 29 (wl). Terre Haute South: None.