Southern Colombia football team looking for state championship
On Friday, the Tigers hope to win their fifth straight state championship. The district sent the team with a celebration on Thursday.
CATAWISSA, PA – You might as well call it their annual trip to Hersey. The Southern Columbia High School football team is aiming for its sixth state title in seven seasons.
“It’s just a tradition so it feels good to be back, and I hope we can win another state title,” said Michael Yancoskie.
The Tigers face off against Pittsburgh-area Serra Catholic.
Southern Colombia organized a parade for the soccer team to send them to Hershey. Soccer players, cheerleaders and the group walked through the halls to the applause of the students.
“It’s just a crazy atmosphere, all the little kids, middle school kids, high school kids. They made all of these banners and posters and stuff for us. It’s just a cool experience to hear your whole school cheering you on,” Gabe said. Leffler.
For everyone on this team, playing in the state championships is all they know.
“It’s super exciting,” said senior Trevor Yorks. “We don’t know anything other than to go to Hershey every year, and it’s so nice to be back there.”
“The senior year makes things so much better, makes them really exciting. Nervous, I’m very nervous, but I’m excited,” said Yancoskie.
Many of these students have been playing together since childhood. Friday will be bittersweet.
“We have to make it a good one, but just for that reason. We have to end on a good note, come out with a bang,” Leffler added.
The southern Colombia school district does not have a school on Fridays, so students and teachers can watch the game. The championship game will take place on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Hersheypark Stadium.
You can watch the game on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) by cable.