Columbia Academy saw its coach back on the sideline Friday night after being quarantined in his SUV last Friday, but was without quarterback Bryant Beranek due to COVID-19 isolation.
The Bulldogs put together a viable game plan, but fell short following two late touchdowns from Nashville Christian in a 21-6 loss Friday night — their fourth straight to start the season, and second in Division II-A West Region play.
As veteran coach Charlie Lansdell looked on, interceptions ended each of the Bulldogs’ final drives on Friday, as they played without Beranek. Running back Franklin Walker and 5-11 freshman Nick Brown shared duties under center for CA, combining for just four completions on 12 attempts in the game.
Columbia Academy’s defense had no answer for running back Martease Edwards. The senior athlete gashed the Bulldogs’ defense for 173 yards of offense, including 134 on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.
Columbia Academy cut the Eagles’ lead to 7-6 in the second quarter, following a nine-play, 68-yard drive. In the fourth quarter, however, the Eagles were able to take advantage of the inexperience at quarterback, and pulled away.
Nashville Christian held the Bulldogs to just 140 yards from scrimmage on the night. Walker led his team with 120 total yards.
Nashville Chr. 21, Columbia Acad. 6
at Nashville Christian
CA 0 6 0 0 — 6
NCS 7 0 0 14 — 21
NCS – Martease Edwards 19 run; Macy Crampton kick
CA – Franklin Walker 4 run; kick failed
NCS – Edwards 10 run; Williams Spence kick
NCS – Matt McClary 6 run; Spence kick
First Downs 7 18
Rushes-Yards 35-81 36-207
Passing Yards 59 129
Com-Att-Int 4-12-3 5-14-2
Penalties-Yards 5-40 5-55
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
CA- Franklin Walker 18-83, Max Ballard 10-21, Nick Brown 3-7, Devon Del Carmen 3-4
NCS – Martease Edwards 18-134, Deion King 12-65, Matt McClary 4-12, Jaelyn Marsh 1-4
CA- Franklin Walker 2-6-0-2 39, Nick Brown 2-6-0-1 20
NCS- Matt McCleary 5-14-0-2 129
CA – Collins Malone 3-55, Chris Modeste 1-4
NCS – William Spence 1-59, Martease Edwards 1-39, Jayden Satterfield 2-17, Carson Guthrie 1-14