Wildcats Run Over by Hamilton’s Broncs

By Beacon Staff

The Columbia Falls Wildcats 2009 home football opener featured the Cats’ opponent from the 2007 playoffs – a big Hamilton team.

Perhaps not as big as the 2007 Broncs, but big enough. With 12 guys over 200 lbs and two over 300 lbs, they controlled the line, giving Paul Donaldson the holes he needed to rack up 166 yards on the ground.

Columbia Falls’s offensive bright spot was John Woody, who raced for a 53 yard sprint in the second half, setting up a short Mitchell Wassam touchdown pass to #11 Nate Thompson. Woody accounted for more than half of the Wildcats’ 100 yards of rushing offense on that one breakaway. One of the highlights of that run was a crushing block by CFalls’ Kaleb Johnson (#19), who leveled Hamilton’s 6’1″ 230lb Tyrel Exner (#50) just as he got an angle to tackle Woody.

Interestingly enough, I talked to John just after the half and he told me he was going to make something happen in the second half. He surely did.

Below: John Woody (#24) sprints to the end zone in a first half touchdown run.

Tonight’s game was live blogged on Twitter as the game progressed. You can follow the Beacon on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/flatheadbeacon.

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