Columbia 2016 schedule

August:  26 at Dreher

September: 2 at C.A. Johnson; 9 Lee Central; 16 at Keenan; 23 at Pelion; 30 at Fairfield Central

October: 6 Chester; 14 at Indian Land; 21 McCormick; 27 Camden (Thursday)

Old school

Founded in 1884, Columbia High School was one of the state’s first football powerhouses, winning nine state titles before 1958.

That well of success has dried up recently and the Capitals face an uphill challenge to compete in a region with Indian Land – fully in the midst of its growth spurt –, rebuilding Chester, traditionally consistent Camden, and powerhouse Fairfield Central. Columbia have won 10 games combined in the last four seasons, but its stretch from 2002-11 - with just one losing season in that span and an average of 8.5 wins per campaign - offers hope that second-year coach Jason Bush can get the ball rolling again.