It wasn’t just any spring game this past Friday as for the first time, the Explorers were able to show off their new Wellness Center and measure their talent on the field. The atmosphere was exciting as the Columbus faithful packed the stands, and their beloved football team faced off against the Boyd Anderson Cobras. It felt like the Explorers had an actual home field advantage. There even was a DJ setting the mood. The players were really enjoying themselves pre-game as they were able relish in their brand new locker room, which many consider better then some college establishments. The night got off to a not so hot start as the Explorers went three and out on their first drive. The Columbus defense set the precedent just like they did all of last season as they forced a fumble to give the offense very favorable field position. E.J. Donaldson got the scoring started as a 15 yard run put the Explorers up 7-0 early.
It didn’t take long for the defense to get the ball back as they forced another fumble to give the offense the ball in the red zone to start their drive. A few plays later we saw a surprising face reach the end zone, as running back Yael Gomez put the Cobras in an early hole. Boyd Anderson continued to hurt their chances as they turned the ball over on downs to end the first quarter. The Columbus offense was relentless for the 3rd drive in a row as Austin Maloney made one of the most impressive catches I had seen in a long time on a back shoulder fade thrown by QB Tucker Beirne.
At this point the Explorers offense had scored a touchdown on three of the first four possessions of the game. Defensive players like Fernando Escobar kept coming with the big hits, forcing fumbles but were not able to recover them for the rest of the first half. E.J. Donaldson found the end zone for the 2nd time right before the 2nd quarter to make it a 28-0 game at half.
The 2nd half was the same story as the Columbus defense set the tone for the rest of the game with an impressive 4th and inches stop. That led to Tucker Beirne’s 2nd touchdown pass of the night as he threw it to a wide open Nick Hernandez to make it a 35-0 lead. The disastrous Boyd Anderson offense turned the ball, but that turnover did not lead to another Explorers touchdown. Columbus was only able to add a field goal to their total. The rest of the way the Explorers were on cruise control as running clock was in effect the rest of the ballgame. Well, all except running back Yael Gomez were in cruise control; the new RB scored not one but 2 touchdowns as the game reached it’s end.
Columbus found itself up 51-0, ending what seemed to be the ideal football game. It was the perfect start to a long Memorial Day weekend, and newcomers like Yael Gomez have the Columbus faithful anticipating in excitement for the new season.