High School Football Tour: Columbus

Columbus High School Falcons

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — There is a new energy about Columbus this season.

That’s because a new era has begun with the Falcons thanks to the arrival of new head coach Randal Montgomery.

The former Hazlehurst head coach takes over a program that’s in need of new leadership and guidance following a tough season last year. Already, the new man in charge is shifting the culture to focus on winning.

Aug 22
Aug 29 Noxubee Co home
Sept 5 New Hope away
Sept 12 West Point home
Sept 19 Louisville home
Sept 26 Starkville* away
Oct 3 Clinton* away
Oct 10 NW Rankin* home
Oct 17 Greenville-Wes* away
Oct 24 Madison Central* home
Oct 31 Murrah* home
Nov 7 Warren Central* away
*District games

“I think the thing we’ve had to change the most is the mentality,” Montgomery said. “What it takes to be a winner on an every day basis on and off the field is important and they’re hungry to be winners. They’ve been working real hard and they’ve bought into what we’ve brought in.”

It’s a young team returning for Randal Montgomery’s first year.

The Falcons graduate 30 seniors but the experience of having new senior leadership from the likes of John Neal Stanback and Alex Lipscomb has coach Montgomery looking forward to his youth developing.

“We have some good young talent mixed in with guys that have played in the past,” Montgomery said. “I think those young guys have really stepped up. They’ve been doing a great job and they’ve been doing well since we got here to camp.”

Don’t expect 2014 to be characterized as a rebuilding year from coach Montgomery either.

Montgomery went 43-4 in his three years at Hazlehurst, taking the Indians to three straight State Title appearances. Although he expects victories, coach is keeping his expectations simple with his first year at Columbus.

“My expectations are for this bunch to get better every day,” coach said. “That’s the only thing we’re looking for. If we do the right things on and off the field then the wins will take care of themselves.”

It’s a start in the right direction for the Falcon football program, as Columbus has their new leader that they hope will take the team back to prominence and back to being a State Title contender.

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