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Columbia Capitalizes on NC TOs
Knights turn ball over seven times in 26-14 loss
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NC TAILBACK WILLIAM JENKINS breaks loose for some of his 276 rushing yards in Thursday's loss to Columbia at Memorial Stadium. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
COLUMBIA – There is no way, even in this day and age of new math, that three feet equals 101 yards.That equation, however, worked like a charm for Columbia High School.With North Central one yard away from tying Thursday’s Region 3-AA meeting with Columbia at 12, Capital defensive back Darrius Richardson jumped an NC pass route in his own end zone and sprinted 101 yards the other way for what proved to be the winning touchdown in a 26-14 Columbia victory.That score was followed by NC’s turning over the ensuing kickoff, via a fumble, which was recovered by Diante Petruso who took the loose ball into the end zone for a 41-yard scoring return. That came with 4:47 left in the third quarter and was only 18 seconds removed from Richardson’s pick-six as the hosts jumped to a semi-comfortable 26-6 advantage.The loss, which dropped NC to 0-4 in 3-AA play and 3-6 overall, overshadowed a 276-yard rushing performance from Knights’ tailback William Jenkins. The junior carried the football 44 times, including running for 182 second half yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.But not even Jenkins’ performance could overcome a night in which the guests lost three fumbles and were picked off four times.