Norwell hands Eagles season-ending loss, 45-28

OSSIAN — Despite a four-touchdown rally in the fourth quarter against Norwell Friday night, Columbia City’s football season came to a close in Ossian.The Eagles faced a 28-0 deficit with less than eight minutes left in the game, but took the momentum to score four touchdowns against their Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.Despite their efforts, the Eagles fell 45-28 in the sectional opener to a team that beat them just a week before.In regular-season action in Columbia City last week, the Eagles fell 35-21 to the Knights. This week, Norwell played host to Columbia City, and opened the game with a shutout for 40 minutes of play.After the score was knotted at 0-0 by the end of the first quarter, Norwell scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-0 advantage going into the locker room at halftime.Norwell scored again with seven minutes left in the third quarter to take a lopsided 28-0 lead. Columbia City didn’t get on the scoreboard until 7:47 left in the game, and completed the two-point conversion to make the score 31-8.Columbia City turned around to score again with 7:21 to go in the game, but Norwell answered with a touchdown of its own to make the score 38-15.The Eagles found the end zone again with 4:26 and 3:21 to go, tightening Norwell’s lead to 10, but the Knights sealed the deal with another touchdown with 3:03 left in the game. The 45-28 score held until the end of the game.