Columbia High thought they had their man a year ago when former Gamecock Willie Offord took over the Caps’ football program, replacing longtime head coach Kemper Amick. But less than a year later, Offord accepted a position on the Newberry College staff and it was back to square one for the once-proud program. Calhoun County co-defensive coordinator Jason Bush got the call and if effort, intensity and excitement among players are a good indication of which way the program is headed, Bush’s hire should be great news for the Columbia High faithful. The Caps were engaged and attentive during Wednesday afternoon’s practice as they prepared for their season-opener on Friday when they host Chapin at Memorial Stadium. Bush and his staff ran their squad through individual and position group drills before finishing the session with a spirited scrimmage that was dotted with flashes of excellence among several young but athletic and talented individuals. Afterwards, we talked with Bush about his vision for restoring Columbia to its once-powerful status in the…
As we reported yesterday afternoon, the Richland One board confirmed LR’s Robert “Bob” Matz on Friday as the district’s new Athletic Director, effective immediately. Matz, 49, has spent the last three years as the A.D. at Lower Richland, while also serving as Dean of Students during this past school year. Before that, the Minnesota native was at Spring Valley for five years, excelling as an award-winning softball coach while also serving as an unpaid Assistant A.D. to Tim Hunter while at the school. Metz came to Spring Valley after a successful 7-year stint as both a coach and administrator at Marshalltown High School in Iowa, which came on the heels his first stint at LR, during which he served as a teacher and coach at the Hopkins school for twelve years. “I am excited as I can be about this opportunity,” Matz told us this evening. “As much as I love LR and the positive strides that we are making there, I feel that as District One A.D., I will…
Columbia High School is looking for a new head football coach following Willie Offord’s resignation to accept a position on coach Todd Knight’s Newberry College staff. With preseason practice getting underway exactly five weeks from today, the Caps’ will need to work quickly to hire a replacement for Offord, who went 1-9 in his only year at the school.
Dixon, a 6-2, 260-pound two-way starter at left tackle and nose guard, had a tremendous game in the Caps’ 68-6 destruction of Eau Claire on Senior Night this past Thursday. His stellar play earns him “CiCi’s Pizza Columbia High Athlete of the Week” honors.
The Caps’ 6-3, 300-pound guard helped pave the way for a Columbia High team that ran wild in its 68-6 win over Eau Claire last Thursday night at Bolden Stadium.
The 5-11, 260-pound guard was ecstatic after Thursday night’s 68-6 rout of Eau Claire at Bolden Stadium. It was the Caps’ first win of the season after eight losses.
Taylor, only a freshman, is an integral part of the Caps’ ground game. The talented youngster took time-out at Tuesday’s practice to talk with us about a Columbia High team hungry to get a win Friday night against Keenan.
Williams, only a sophomore, leads the Caps’ offense. He talked with us Tuesday about a Columbia High squad that is talented, but short on numbers and experience under first-year coach Willie Offord. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaoEQO6dsQw&feature=youtu.be
The Caps’ 5-10, 180 OLB is a senior that produces on the field and is counted on to set an example for his young teammates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afjBjVQMs7c&feature=youtu.be
Dixon, a 6-2, 255 senior, starts at offensive and defensive tackle for the Caps. He talked with us at Tuesday’s practice about preparations for Friday’s game with Keenan and playing for former Gamecocks star Willie Offord, who is in his first year as head coach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvChnxd_GBw&feature=youtu.be