Columbus coach Craig Williams instructs his team after practice
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Columbus High School Blending in New Players Ahead of Challenging Start 2021 Season

August 21, 2021

Good execution and keep the players healthy. That was the goal for Columbus’ final scrimmage before the 2021 season began.

The Discoverers’ focus was on answering questions this fall camp and Thursday’s scrimmage was the final piece of evaluation before the season starts. The team had a lot to replace, according to coach Craig Williams.

“One of the biggest things for this team coming in was how are we going to replace 12 graduated seniors that played on the line last year,” Williams said. “I really feel and I think our coaches are the same way that some of these guys have stepped up. We’re really excited about not only this year, but the next couple of years up front. I think we’ve got a chance to be really good up front.”

Columbus is going to have to hit the ground running up front. They don’t have much of a choice either because of the schedule the team starts off with. The season begins on the road against Omaha Central before the Discoverers face off against rival Norfolk on the road in the second game of the season.

Williams thinks the team will be good up front to compliment the athletes to go around them.

Helping younger players was a focus this camp for Nebraska commit Ernest Hausmann. It had to be a focus with all the new players getting used to increased roles. Those departing seniors have many years of experience playing two or three years on varsity. Because of COVID-19, the junior varsity team wasn’t able to be with the varsity team last year.

“Ernest and the other guys got together with the other seniors about the scheme and playing fast,” Williams said. “If you know the scheme, you can play fast. I think the kids have done a great job with it. I also think our work in the summer helped because we came in ahead of where we’d been the last couple of years.”

Having a more normal summer helped the program. The players were allowed to work together more which helped build team chemistry. That also got the ball rolling on getting used to play varsity. There are some of young players that Williams believes can have breakout seasons.

“We have two sophomores starting on the offensive line,” Williams said. “Carter Fedde and Joel Thomas are both big kids and their work ethic is off the charts. It’s earned them a spot right now on the first group on the offensive line. We’re looking forward to seeing those guys.”

Some of Columbus’ fastest players are also underclassmen this year. There are skill players that will see playing time who the team is really excited about. Williams also thinks senior quarterback Brody Mickey is in for an exciting year. He had a couple nice runs during the scrimmage on Thursday.

“It’s going to be a fun year and hopefully the older guys can mesh well with the young guys.”

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