CHS returns home to face Patriots
Columbus High Football (2-4) team has had a difficult schedule, and things don’t get any easier this week with No. 6 Millard South (5-1) traveling to Pawnee Park Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The Patriots already have wins over No. 8 Lincoln Pius X and No. 9 Elkhorn South.
“Again, we’re going in another week with another top-five opponent,” said head coach Craig Williams. “We’ve had the same approach with the guys. We want to play extremely hard on every play. We want to play 48 minutes, and just keep battling.
“We’re dinged up in some areas, and we have to roll new guys into those spots. I’ll tell you this, Millard South isn’t going to feel sorry for us on Friday night, so we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We’re going to get the next guy ready to go, and we’re going to have that guy go out and play hard and play together as a team.”
Millard South has put together an impressive 2018 campaign with its lone loss on Sept. 14 to No. 5 Millard West on the road in overtime. Since then, the Patriots have won back-to-back games 48-7 over Omaha Northwest and 28-21 against Elkhorn South.
The Discoverers come into the game with a 2-4 record and are riding a two-game losing streak but are undefeated at home this year taking down both North Platte and Fremont.
“We’re playing at home, that’s our biggest advantage,” Williams said. “We didn’t have to make the road trip. They’re a good, solid team all across the board. We just have to go out and all phases of the game and give it everything we got for all 48 minutes.”
Thus far, Columbus and Millard South have played one mutual opponent, Elkhorn South.
Columbus lost to Elkhorn South 62-14 on Sept. 21 while Millard South won 28-21 on Sept. 28.
Williams pointed to Millard South’s quarterback as a player who poses problems for opposing teams.
“Their skill guys are all juniors and they’re outstanding,” he said. “Their quarterback (TJ Urban), he’s a true dual-threat guy that throws the ball and likes to run the ball also.
“They’re solid up front, and very aggressive. We have a lot to overcome. It’s kind of the same story every week, but these guys keep coming out and working in practice. On Friday night, we’ve just got to keep moving forward and play hard on every single play.”
With the season now into October, there’s always a chance weather can affect the style and success of play. Williams said that his team tries not to worry about that.
“We’ve talked all year about the things that we can control,” Williams said. “Every now and then something comes up, and you think about it for a second, but you get back to the basics. You say ‘we can’t control that, let’s not worry about it, and let’s worry about the things we can control.’ Weather, officiating, things like that we can’t control those things. We worry about what we can control.”
The game will kick off at 7 tonight at Pawnee Park.
CHS has two more games on the schedule - traveling to Omaha Westside on Oct. 12 and then hosting Omaha Northwest in the season finale.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.