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Beckman Beats Columbus, 33-31--First Win For New Coach

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Dyersville Beckman used a key pass interception to ignite a major offensive effort, on route to a 33-31 win over Waterloo Columbus. Beckman rallied from a 10-0 deficit to beat Waterloo Columbus 33-31 in a 2A District 4 game Friday night at T.J. McLaughlin Field at Waterloo Columbus High School.

Michael Schmadeke, the latest in a long line of great Sailor place kickers, put Columbus in front, 3-0, with a first quarter field goal.  Sailor Quarterback, Jay Schmit, sneaked in from the one yard line and Columbus appeared to be in complete control with a 10-0 lead.

With the Columbus offense on the move again, the Beckman defense came up with a play, which would change the entire momentum of this game. Beckman's 6-1, senior cornerback, Mark Stanley, intercepted a Jay Schmit pass and returned it deep into Columbus territory.

The Blazers took advantage of that turnover and scored on a Craig Kerper touchdown run with 10:05 left in the half. The Beckman offense scored again on a long touchdown pass from Quarterback Elliot Salter to Ty Troutman to give Beckman a 13-10 lead.

Columbus scored on a beautiful touchdown pass from Jay Schmit to Elliot Frost. Front made a sensational catch near the goal line and Columbus was back on top, 17-13.

The first half scoring was far from over. Craig Kerper scored from the one-yard line for Beckman with 2:30 left. Beckman led, 20-17.

The Sailors scored with just 56-seconds to play on a Jay Schmit to Ben Knipp touchdown pass. Columbus led, 24-20.

Beckman scored again with just 24-seconds to play, when Salter fired to Ty Troutman.

Troutman turned the play into a Beckman touchdown and a 27-24 Beckman lead.

The second half was a defensive struggle, with both teams scoring just once, as Beckman wins it, 33-31.

The victory is the first for Beckman's new Head Coach, Gregg Hammann, who played on Hayden Fry's first Rose Bowl team at Iowa.

Hammann has brought his family back to Iowa, to his home town of Bellevue, following a very successful business career at several major companies. Among Hammann's many jobs as a top executive, he served as President and CEO for the exercise equipment giant, Nautilus, Inc.

Next week, Hammann's Blazers will get a bit of a breather, as Beckman (1-3) will be at home against the Jesup Jayhawks.

The road for Columbus, now 1-3, only gets tougher, as the Sailors play host to the Cascade Cougars. The Courgars will come to Waterloo, fresh off their huge, 27-14, victory over previously undefeated Sumner-Fredericksburg.

It was an emotional night at Columbus Friday night. Just prior to kickoff Sailor fans paid tribute to long-time Columbus coach and teacher, Charlie Schneiders, who lost his battle to cancer this week. Columbus fans paid their respects with a moment of silence for Charlie, who died this week at age 67.

Printed signs of tribute lined the fence at the south end of the Columbus football field and many fans wore t-shirts, which showed a likeness of Charlie's face and the written words, The 12th Man. Charlie will certainly be the Sailors 12th man all season long.

Charlie Schneiders coached and teached at Waterloo Columbus for some 29 years, and was a graduate of the very first class at Columbus High School in 1960. Charlie's funeral is set for Monday morning. The funeral will be held in the gymnasium of Columbus High School. He will be missed by so many

Final once again-Dyersville Beckman 33, Waterloo Columbus 31

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

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