• Eli Hardegree


This Wednesday, the Columbus High Flag Football team took home the state title.

The Lady Blue Devils traveled to Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, yesterday to compete against the best teams in the state. The Muscogee County champions went up against the champions of seven other counties in a single elimination bracket.

The team did not travel alone, though. Over 240 students made the two hour trip to support their girls.

Among these students was Ayvah Horner. She never failed to show her school spirit when she appeared on the 61.9 thousand square foot halo display.

The junior described her experience, “It was one of the greatest experiences of my life,”.

The team played their first game against Heritage High School. The offense exploded, putting up 40 points. The Blue Devil defense only allowed one touchdown, their first allowed score of the entire season! The girls took down Heritage in the first round 40-7 to advance to the semi-finals.

Following their blowout of Heritage, the Lady Blue Devils took on Archer High School. This game was much closer than their previous one. The team was led to victory by two Sydney Blackmon touchdowns.

Blackmon reflected on her dominant performance, “My performance yesterday was the best I’ve had all season,”.

The team beat Archer 14-12 to advance to the state championship game.

The girls faced off against Collins Hill for the state championship. The entire season all came down to this. There was a different kind of energy in the stadium.

Yesenia Cadavid was a part of the large student crowd, and she explained the energy level, “It [the energy] was at its peak the entire game. Everyone in the crowd was on their feet, and we all cheered on our girls,”.

The team picked up right where they left off. The girls dominated on both sides of the ball. Senior quarterback Faith Knoedler scored three touchdowns for the offense while Madison Streeter collected three (yes, THREE) interceptions on defense.

Neica Knoedler gave much of the credit to Streeter, “Madison [Streeter] allowed us to get the ball back for offense, and we took advantage of the opportunities she gave us,”.

These performances led to Columbus High winning the state title in their inaugural season.

Faith Knoedler’s championship performance led to her taking home MVP honors.

The quarterback is beyond thankful for receiving this honor, “It really means a lot to me and I am really honored. My coaches and teammates have encouraged me so much, and I am thankful for my God-given abilities,”.

Following the victory, the students gathered together on the field to celebrate, and sang the classic lyrics of their alma mater: “WE ARE AS ALWAYS COLUMBUS HIGH!”


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