Boys Varsity Football
A thriller, a bummer and a blowout.
With Columbus North set to take on Avon at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, here is a look at the Bull Dogs’ three previous appearances in football games at the current home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The game with Avon also will be the first of two “Bless Bowls” this season as the Orioles are coached by Mark Bless, brother of CN coach Tim Bless. A third Bless brother, Scott Bless, guides the Bloomington North program.
>> Sept. 5, 2009: Kobi Cook ran for two touchdowns, Jarrett Brownfield threw to Chris Shillings for two other touchdowns and Columbus North held on for a 28-27 victory over Bloomington North when Jim Roederer and Nick Kruse combined to stop BN’s D’Angelo Roberts on a two-point conversion attempt with 31 seconds. Roberts finished with 231 yards rushing and three TDs for the Cougars. Cook ran for 132 yards with TDs of 13 and 32 yards. Brownfield was 10-of-12 for 166 yards passing. Shillings had three receptions for 120 yards, including TDs of 76 and 33 yards.
>> Sept. 17, 2011: Jesse Tompkins ran for two touchdowns and Kyle Kamman threw for one, but it was not enough as Lawrence Central beat the Bull Dogs 42-30. Tompkins totaled 64 yards rushing with scores of 5 yards and 1 yard, while Kamman passed for 166 yards and a 23-yard TD to Trace Fetterer. C.J. Dennis also scored on a 1-yard run and Thomas Shoaf tackled an LC player for a safety. Quarterback Dre Townsend accounted for 236 yards and tailback Anthony Shelman ran for 102 yards for the Bears, including a go-ahead 53-yard touchdown with 4:53 to go in the third quarter.
>> Oct. 6, 2017: Trenton Kelley accounted for three touchdowns, Cortez Bandy ran for 113 yards to claim game MVP honors and the Bull Dogs’ defense shined in a 23-0 decision over Bloomington South. Kelley scored on runs of 5 yards and 1 yard while adding a 17-yard TD pass to Mitchel Collier. The CN defense was the collective star, limiting the Panthers to just 92 yards of total offense and two first downs. Montez Mitchell forced a fumble, Tay Wells recorded three sacks and Mitchell and Logan Abbott each had one sack. Kelley finished 19-of-33 for 184 yards passing for the Bull Dogs.
PHOTO: Tay Wells (44) pulls down Gavin Yeskie for a sack while Logan Abbott (66) applies pressure in the 2017 CN-BS game in Lucas Oil Stadium.