The opening drive gave Waterloo Columbus football fans hope they haven't had for a while.
After the opening kickoff, the Sailors marched downfield on a 7-minute, 2-second drive, which culminated in a Christian Hellman touchdown plunge and a 7-0 lead over Waukon.
For nearly 12 minutes, the Sailors made it look like this could be the night for the season's first victory.
But with just 29 seconds left in the first quarter, a bad snap sent the ball high over the head of Sailor punter Austin Kneeland, giving Waukon a red zone opportunity they wouldn't squander.
The Indians' Colin Stiber scored on the next play, and the Indians never looked back in their 44-14 victory over Columbus.
Indians quarterback Peyton Hesse threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead the Indians to a big 28-7 halftime lead.
Hesse threw a TD pass to Tanner Mathis, and two to Wyatt Wille, as the Indians tuned up for district leader New Hampton next Friday night in Waukon.
Columbus, still looking for a win this season, goes on the road next Friday night to Dyersville Beckman.