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Class 3A District 1

CNC Conference

School Colors: Red and Gold

Head Coach: Blake Burns (16-3, 3rd season)

Assistant coaches: Matt Crain, Troy Haraughty, Heath Perry, Cody Murdock and Taylor Spear

COACH BURNS SAYS:

“We return starters in several key positions, and we have a number of players with varsity experience. We graduated some good seniors who played the game at a high level, and new players will have to step up to fill those roles. We will win or lose with the way our offensive and defensive lines perform. They will set the tone for us on both sides of the ball.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 8-1 (Bi-Districts)
  • 2019: 8-2 (Regionals)
  • 2018: 1-8 (No Playoffs)
  • 2017: 7-3 (Bi-Districts)
  • 2016: 8-2 (Bi-Districts)

2020 REVIEW

This was a really good team. Columbus finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record, before falling to Girard in the first round of the 3A playoffs. It was a surprising early exit, but when we say the CNC is really good, that’s what we mean. “The best part of last season was that even with the uncertainty of the season, our guys continued to work with no guarantees,” says head coach Blake Burns, “They took it upon themselves to make sacrifices to stay healthy each week and showed a great deal of maturity in their decision making to allow us to have a season without missing games.” I was impressed again with Columbus. No camp, no 7-on-7’s and no jamboree and they still came out and played well early. They’re a well-coached team with smart kids.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

RB/LB Gabe Martin (Sr) 5’10”, 195 lb – 1st team All-CNC RB – 1,244 yds, 17 TD

QB/WR/RB/DB Jaxson Haraughty (Sr) – 331 pass yds, 585 rush yds, 12 total TD – 39 tackles, 1 interception

OL/DL Kody Schalk (Sr) 6’4″, 265 lb – 1st team All-CNC DL, 35 tackles, 2 sacks

RB/LB Trent Smith (Sr) 5’9″, 160 lb – 1st team All-CNC LB, 71 tackles

OL Jake Eddington (Jr) 5’10”, 260 lb

OL Rydge Delmont (Jr) 6’0″, 175 lb

LB/P/K Cole Minor (Jr) 6’2″, 165 lb

WR/LB/S Landin Midgett (Jr) 6’1″, 175 lb – 177 receiving yds, TD – 49 tackles, 1 sack

K Jaspen Tanner (Jr) 5’8″, 170 lb – 14/22 PAT

WR Kayden Cox (Jr) 5’7″, 150 lb

WR Cade Saporito (Jr) 5’6″, 130 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

OL/DL Nathan Stice (Sr) 6’0″, 170 lb

OL/DL Trent Moyer (Sr) 6’2″, 235 lb

QB/LB Brett Hamilton (Jr) 6’3″, 215 lb – 186 pass yds, 4 TD, rush TD

RB/LB Fischer Troxel (Jr) 5’6″, 150 lb – 9 tackles

RB/LB Patrick Dobyns (Jr) 5’10”, 175 lb

RB/LB Nate Cook (Jr) 5’7″, 150 lb

OL/LB Jaydn Hale (Jr) 5’7″, 180 lb – 9 tackles

QB/DB Cole Youngblood (So) 6’0″, 150 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

OL/DL Carter Henry (Fr)

OL/DL Kanyen Smith (Fr)

RB/LB Skyler Schuberger (Fr)

WR/LB Brandon Stice (Fr)

SCHEDULE:

9/3 @ Frontenac

9/10 vs. Coffeyville

9/17 @ Girard

9/24 vs. Baxter Springs

10/1 @ Cherryvale

10/8 vs. Galena

10/15 @ Parsons

10/22 vs. Caney Valley

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

This really is one of my favorite programs and one of my favorite high school coaching staffs. Columbus has some really good players back this season. Gabe Martin is a really solid kid physically. Jaxson Haraughty literally does a bit of everything. Kody Schalk is fantastic up front and Trent Smith is one of those guys that seems like he’s in on every play on defense. Those are the guys who will be on-field leaders for the Titans in 2021. “We’ll look for those guys to set the example for how we carry ourselves each day,” coach Burns says, “They are not vocal kids, but they are hard workers that have grown up in our program and know what the expectations are for our team and our community.” How about Blake Burns by the way? 16-3 in his first two seasons at Columbus. He’s been great. The Titans have a chance to be really good again in 2021. They’ve kind of set the bar high the last two years, and I think they’ll continue to live up to it. The kids are there and the coaches are there. They just have to make it happen. “We have to be a team that executes at a high level each and every week, and we have to be able to eliminate distractions,” Burns says, “We have to limit turnovers offensively, create turnovers defensively and win the field-position battle on special teams.” I look forward to watching this team this year. There are some ATHLETES in Columbus – and they’re one of those teams that’s always hungry.