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FORT WAYNE â€” Despite the final numbers on the scoreboard that showed a 20-7 win, the Homestead Spartans had to be glad to see the tail lights on the Columbia City Eagle team bus vanish into the Aboite Township night as a game Eagle squad gave the IHSAA Class 6A state-ranked Spartans all the fight they wanted in Friday nightâ€™s Northeast Hoosier Conference football match up.
From the opening kickoff the Eagles showed no signs of being intimidated by the home-standing Spartans. The Eagles marched to the Homestead 34, with the big play being a 23-yard completion from quarterback Travis Herbst to Drew Oâ€™Dell. The Eagles fumbled, but two plays later the Spartans returned the favor, as Columbia City senior Dakota Goldwood recovered a Spartan fumble at the Homestead 33 yard line.
The Eagles moved the ball on the ground, with Oâ€™Dell ripping off 11 yards, and junior Braden Myer picking up where he left off last week, rumbling for 17 yards. With a third-and-goal at the Homestead 5 yard line, Oâ€™Dell took a pitch from Herbst and swept the left side putting the Eagles up 7-0 with 7:13 left in the first quarter.
An Eagle turnover set up the first Homestead score. A Columbia City overthrow ended up as a Homestead interception that gave the Spartans a first down on the Eagle 35-yard line.
Working with a short field, the Spartans went to the air, completing three consecutive passes, the last of which came on a blown Columbia City defensive assignment and resulted in a 15-yard Homestead touchdown that knotted the score at 7-7 with 11:56 left in the first half.
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