NEWARK, NJ — The Columbia High School Cougars (3-1) fell to the West Side High School Roughriders (4-1) by a score of 28-6 on a cold Halloween afternoon at Untermann Field.
West Side opened the ballgame with a strong drive, reaching the six yard line before being shut down on fourth down thanks to a key pass deflection in the endzone by Owen McGuffey. The Cougars received the ball deep in their own territory, before a pass by Columbia quarterback Kai Arrington was intercepted by Jahmir Dooley, who took the ball into the endzone for a pick six. A fake field goal by the Roughriders was brought into the endzone giving West Side an 8-0 lead.
The Cougars drove downfield in the following drive but failed to come away with any points and gave the ball back to the Roughriders. Despite big time runs by Dashawn Lawton and Jahmir Dooley, West Side punted back to Columbia.
After exchanging three and outs, a Cougar fumble was picked up by West Side’s Kereem Smalls, giving the Roughriders possession of the football at midfield. Big runs by Corey Walker set up West Side in the red zone, where Walker would take an inside handoff 15 yards for a touchdown, giving his Roughriders a 14-0 lead at the end of the first half.
The Cougars began the third quarter with a three and out before the West Side offense hit a hot streak. A key pass to Shaquon Loyal and a big run by Dooley set up West Side at the 19 yard line, where quarterback Darian Sheppard found an open Loyal up the middle for a touchdown, bringing the score to 21-0. Columbia cashed in their first points the following drive when Kai Arrington escaped pressure and found Michael Caines wide open in the endzone for a 26 yard Cougar touchdown, cutting the Cougars deficit to 14.
The Roughriders cruised downfield to begin the third quarter, where Sheppard found Jahmir Dooley diving in the back of the endzone for a five yard touchdown.
Columbia began their next drive with a bang as an Owen McGuffey 47 yard reception put Columbia at the four yard line, but on the very next play the Cougars coughed up the ball, giving West Side possession.
After trading three and outs, the Roughriders wound down the clock and secured their 28-6 victory.
The Cougars will be back in action Thursday at Underhill Field for a matchup with Nutley High School.
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