COLUMBUS, Neb. – After reaching the playoffs in 2016, this year’s Columbus Discoverer football team is looking to get there again, but this time around, they’re hoping to make some noise.
“We really wanted to get farther, so we’re just using that as motivation to continue to work harder and maybe get farther this year,” says quarterback and safety Michael Koch.
Columbus High reached seven wins last season before falling to Beatrice in the first round of the postseason. That season could still could still be considered a success for CHS after going winless in 2015. But head coach Craig Williams says his team has to start from scratch in 2017.
“You can’t be satisfied with what you’ve done in the past, nothing we did last year is going to necessarily help for this year,” says Williams.
“Seeing the physicality it’s going to take this year, in the offseason we really worked harder in the weight room and try to physically catch up to these other teams,” says Koch.
The Discoverers lost their leading rusher and tackler in Colton Wolfe from last year, among other starters. With those changes, the team’s offensive approach may be a bit different this time around.
“Like this year we’re going to be a speed team, compared to last year,” says receiver and safety Nathan Slusarski.
“We’re going to be a different looking football team, we may not be able to line up and run iso up the middle 50 times a game, like we did last year. We got a little bit more speed, we’re going to have to use that speed, have some more finesse type plays in” says Williams.
While Columbus looks to get back into the playoffs, they have a familiar face to help the team. Coach Mark Brown, who has served as athletic director, head golf coach and assistant football coach for CHS, has came back after health issues, as the Discoverer linebacker coach.
“Mark’s experience his knowledge of the game of football, and his intensity out here, the guys feed of it. They look at him and what he’s overcome in his personal life, just to get back to this point,” says Williams.
Columbus High will open their season on the road at Waverly on August 25th.