Hebron Christian loses to Columbus Christian

For Daily Times Leader

It was a cold night in Pheba and the Hebron Christian School Eagles were fighting for playoff positioning and a possible share of the district championship.

The Columbus Christian Academy Rams got Hebron’s best shot, but still left Clay County with a 40-24 victory.

The Eagles ultimately surrendered a handful of big plays by the Rams that led to the loss.

Hebron Christian coach David Foster praised his team for their high level of competitiveness against a tough opponent.

“Even though we lost, that was probably the most complete game we’ve played all season,” Foster said. “We stepped up all the way around on defense and had a lot of good plays on offense. The Rams had a couple of big plays that would pop up, and that is really what caused us to get behind and we were unable to catch back up.”

The Eagles started the game off running the ball very efficiently, as Braeden Triplett scored the first points of the game on a 19-yard run, but they failed to get the two-point conversion. On third and 8, the Rams completed a pass and was able to go 45 yards for the touchdown, making the score 8-6 at the end of the first after the two-point conversion.

Columbus Christian continued to make more big plays in the second quarter with a completion on fourth and 7 that was taken 47 yards for a touchdown. After pushing the Eagles back to forth and long, the Rams marched down the field and were able to score again on a 3-yard pass. The two-point conversion completion put Columbus Christian up 24-6 at halftime.

In the third, Hebron senior Kobee Cooper, who was recognized prior to the game along with fellow senior Evan Pilkington, dominated with two big runs for touchdowns, one being 60 yards and the other a 67-yard run. The Eagles failed to convert both two-point conversions after the scoring runs. Before the end of the quarter, the Rams were able to score on a 20-yard pass and got the two-point conversion.

At the start of the fourth, Triplett threw an interception and it was returned for a touchdown by Columbus Christian. In the closing seconds of the game, Cooper scored on a 5-yard run.

The Eagles (2-7) travel to Humphreys Academy next week.