Columbia survives sloppy play


Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
LAKE CITY - Shortly after his team's 35-12 homecoming win over Middleburg on Friday, Columbia coach Danny Green looked more relieved than excited.
"It was a win at home, which was what we needed," Green said. "It was a district win. We know there are some things that we need to improve upon, but we'll take it."
The Tigers (4-2, 1-0 District 5-4A) survived three first-half turnovers and some sloppy penalties to pick up their first home win of the season. Jacquez Macon got Columbia going with a 67-yard touchdown run on the game's opening possession, but Columbia stalled after that. Ryan Jackson muffed a punt that Middleburg recovered, and Macon fumbled the ball on the possession after that.
Starting quarterback Lewis Sharp also had a pass intercepted late in the first half but came back to throw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Macon with 4.3 seconds left in the second quarter to put Columbia up 28-0 at halftime.
"I was disappointed there in the first half with the turnovers," Green said. "We wanted to get the second team in there to start the second half, but they came down and scored on us the opening possession so I had to leave the starters in a little longer."
Fortunately for Columbia, Middleburg also had turnover issues. The Broncos (4-2, 0-1 5-4A) lost three of seven fumbles, including one inside their 5-yard line that set up a Columbia first-half touchdown.
Starting tailback Steve Roberts rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns for Columbia. Macon added 98 yards on seven carries.
"We did some good things on the ground," Green said. "Roberts, that's probably one of the best games since he's been there and he was really good running the back sweep behind the guards. We've got to be able to execute that play."
Middleburg scored both of its touchdowns in the second half, on a 4-yard run by Travis McLaughlin and a 28-yard scramble by quarterback Jemar Anderson.
Anderson had a nifty 75-yard touchdown run wiped out due to an illegal block earlier in the third quarter.

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