SOUTH WHITLEY — Hosting Whitley County foe Columbia City Friday night, the Whitko football team was dealt the 43-20 loss.
Extending its losing streak against Columbia City to 11 games, the Whitko Wildcats gave up 406 yards on 49 plays, while their offense posted 288 yards on 53 plays.
Down 22-0 after one quarter, Whitko’s first score came on a 5-yard touchdown run by Tanner Hughes, but Columbia City responded right away, as Carson Reed ran for a 77-yard score on his team’s next possession.
Once again, Whitko pulled within 14 points, at 29-15, after Garrett Elder returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards, followed by a two-point conversion run by Hughes.
However, Columbia City grabbed control with two more touchdowns before the half, building its lead to 43-14.
Brady Weeks added a fourth-quarter score for the Wildcats.
Hughes finished the game with 141 rushing yards on 16 carries, followed by Elder’s 83 on 12 attempts.
After completing one pass for one yard in their Week 1 loss to Wawasee, the Wildcats once again completed just one pass against Columbia City, this one for six yards.
Whitko begins its quest to defend its Three Rivers Conference title when it hosts Southwood this Friday night.
COLUMBIA CITY 43, WHITKO 20
CC    22    21    0    0    —    43
W    0    14     0    6     —    20
    CC    W
1st downs    16    18
Rushing yds    210    282
Passing yds    195    6
Comp-Att-Int    7-11-0    1-6-1
Total yds    406    288
Fumbles/lost    3/1    3/1
Penalties/yds    4/55    4/29
Punts/avg    2/37.5    0/0
First Quarter
CC – Trevor Bolt 9 pass to Drew O’Dell (Jordan Gregory kick), 7-0.
CC – Bolt 33 pass to Dayne Asplund (conversion run good), 15-0.
CC – Bolt 19 pass to Ryan Mosher (Gregory kick), 22-0.
Second Quarter
W – Tanner Hughes 5 run (kick failed), 22-6.
CC – Carson Reed 77 run (Gregory kick), 29-6.
W – Garrett Elder 87 kick return (Hughes conversion run), 29-14.
CC – Bolt 17 pass to Mosher (Gregory kick), 36-14.
CC – Braden Myer 2 run (Gregory kick), 43-14.
Fourth Quarter
W – Brady Weeks 6 run (kick blocked), 43-20.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing — Col. City, Reed 14-126, Bolt 8-54, Myer 8-23, Blake Sunderland 1-6, O’Dell 1-3, Khale Rider 2-(-1), Bronson Ball 2-(-2). Whitko, Hughes 16-141, Elder 12-83, Trace Killian 6-23, Weeraphot Bumb 1-15, Weeks 5-14, Connor Sherwin 2-7, Roger Helblig 2-5, Gavin Powell 3-(-6).
Passing — Col. City, Bolt 6-10, 150 yds, 4 TDs, O’Dell 1-1, 55 yds. Whitko, Weeks 1-1, 6 yds, Elder 0-5, INT.
Receiving — Col. City, Asplund 3-147, Mosher 2-36, O’Dell 2-12. Whitko, Evan Cozad 1-6.

Friday in North Manchester
At home against Bluffton Friday, the Manchester football team pulled within 21-21 in the fourth quarter, but the road team scored late, getting the 28-21 victory. Trailing 21-13 in the fourth quarter, Manchester was able to tie things up when quarterback Lucas Schilling connected with Keelan Norwood for a touchdown, then ran the conversion in to tie the game. However, the team that defeated Manchester 55-19 a year, showed perseverance to get the victory. Throwing for 107 yards and two touchdowns, Schilling also ran the ball 22 times for 160 yards and another score. Jacob Casper caught his other touchdown toss. Defensively, Thad Miller posted 24 tackles, followed by Landon Tharp’s 16. The 1-1 Squires begin Three Rivers Conference action this Friday at Tippecanoe Valley.
BLUFFTON 28, MANCHESTER 21
B    6    7    8    7    –    28
M    7    0    6    8    –    21
Manchester Stats
Rushing: Lucas Schilling 22-160,  TD; Jacob Casper 5-5, Evan Milam 1-0.
Passing: Schilling 11-21, 107 yds, 2 TDs, INT.
Receiving: Keelan Norwood 6-82; Casper 3-21, TD; Milam 1-2, Daniel Griese 1-2.

Friday in Bremen
Surrendering 409 totals yards and losing three fumbles, the Tippecanoe Valley football team lost 35-19 at Bremen Friday night. Falling to 0-2 on the year, Valley pulled within 14-7 following a Jonah Mikel fumble recovery for a score with 4:53 left in the third. From there, the teams traded scores, as Garrett Bell and Jarred Littlejohn each had rushing TDs for Valley, not allowing the Vikings to draw too close. Vikings quarterback Alec Craig completed 11 of 23 pass for 181 yards and also ran for 62 yards. On top of getting the defensive touchdown, Mikel also led Valley with 74 receiving yards on three catches. Valley openes Three Rivers Conference play this Friday at home against Manchester.
BREMEN 35, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 19
TV    0    0    7    12    –    19
B    7    7    7    14    –    35
    TV    B
1st downs    9    10
Rushing yds    164    180
Passing yds    181    229
Comp-Att-Int    11-23-1    13-21-0
Total yds    345    409
Fumbles/lost    3/3    2/2
Penalties/yds    7/70    7/56
First Quarter
B — Matt Box 47 pass to Ryan Topper 47 (Justin Baker kick) 1:44, 7-0.
Second Quarter
B — Box 17 pass to Topper (Baker kick) 11:13, 14-0
Third Quarter
TV — Jonah Mikel fumble recovery (Brandon Webster kick) 4:53, 14-7.
B — Box 55 pass to Topper  (Baker kick) 2:51, 21-7.
Fourth Quarter
TV — Garrett Bell 2 run (kick failed) 11:56, 21-13.
B — Brett Louderback 5 run (Baker kick) 8:35, 28-13.
TV — Jarred Littlejohn 18 run (conversion run failed) 5:05, 28-19.
B — Box 23 pass to Topper (Baker kick) 3:28, 35-19.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing – Bremen, Grant Klockow 24-169, Brett Louderback 8-33. Valley, Alec Craig 8-62, Littlejohn 4-31, Aaron Hoffman 8-31.
Passing – Bremen, Box 13-21, 229 yds, 4 TDs. Valley, Craig 11-23-1, 181 yds.
Receiving – Bremen, Topper 6-188, Jacob Pierce 2-21. Valley,  Mikel 3-74, Dylan Hoffman 2-50.

Friday in Wabash
In its final tuneup before Northern State Conference competition, the Triton football team dropped a 49-20 decision at Northfield Friday night. The loss evens Triton’s record at 1-1, as it prepares to host Culver this Friday.
NORTHFIELD 49, TRITON 20
Records: Northfield 2-0, Triton 1-1.