Columbia-White Salmon made the long trip to Elma on Friday and came home with a heartbreaking 35-34 defeat.
Playing without seven injured starters the entire second half, everything still looked good for the Bruins when they scored two quick touchdowns to end the third quarter.
Chandlor Bucklin returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown then later added a 27-yard interception return for a score that gave Columbia a 34-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bruins had a 34-28 lead late in the fourth and the ball, looking to seal the win. The Bruins needed to run one more play, then they’d be able to run out the clock.
Instead, the Bruins fumbled, Elma recovered, then drove downfield for the winning touchdown.
ELMA 35, COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON 34
Columbia 6 15 13 0—34
Elma 7 0 14 14—35
CWS — Chandlor Bucklin 3 run (Kick blocked)
EH — 32 run (Kick good)
CWS — Tylan Webster 14 run (Bucklin run)
CWS — Shad Curtis 10 pass from Adam Goodwillie (Cesar Isordia Kick)
E — 1 Run (Kick Good)
E — 11 Pass (Kick Good)
CWS — Bucklin 80 yard Kickoff Return (Isordia Kick)
CWS — Bucklin 27 Interception Return (Kick Blocked)
E — 1 Run (Kick Blocked)
E — 10 Pass (Pass Good)
RUSHING — Columbia: Chandlor Bucklin 16-93, Trenton Howard 15-30, Tylan Webster 7-56, Cesar Isordia 2-6, Bowen Durkee 1-4, Adam Goodwillie 3-(-17)
PASSING — Columbia: Adam Goodwillie 4-8-2-87.
RECEIVING — Columbia: Trenton Howard 2-55, Myles Moon 1-30, Tylan Webster 1-2.