Southern Columbia continues to raise the bar when it comes to Pennsylvania high school football state championships. The Tigers won their fourth straight state title beating Wilmington 42-14 on Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium for the Class 2A title. It’s the school’s eleventh overall state championship.
The Tigers, who have won 60 straight games, the second longest active streak in America, were powered by all-everything junior tailback Gavin Garcia, who rushed for a game-high 217 yards on 13 carries, scoring four touchdowns and catching three passes for 98 yards.
Touchdown Southern Columbia!!One Play… Liam Klebon hits @gavingarcia_ he takes it 65-yards! Southern Columbia 14, Wilmington 0 1Q 3:18 @SoCoTigerSports @blackdiamondsn @WilmingtonSD @hsfbamerica pic.twitter.com/LJamab5ep7— EasternPAFootball (@EPAFootball) November 28, 2020
And here comes @SoCoTigerSports Gavin Garcia 89 yards for the score! 21-7 now Tigers over @WilmingtonSD 2:30 until halftime #piaa2A Championship @HSFBamerica @BadgleyBruce @WPIAL_Blitz @CaryMoyer @BlackDiamondSN @small_play pic.twitter.com/aVajqCWK9g— EasternPAFootball (@EPAFootball) November 28, 2020
This time it’s a 74 yard tightrope down the sideline finish for @SoCoTigerSports Gavin Garcia. Back up to a 28-14 advantage over @WilmingtonSD 3:14 left quarter three #piaa2A Championship @HSFBamerica @BadgleyBruce @WPIAL_Blitz @CaryMoyer @small_play pic.twitter.com/ZL7QmIFmMt— EasternPAFootball (@EPAFootball) November 28, 2020
Southern Columbia amassed 462 yards of offense, averaging 13.2 yards a play, while holding the far larger Wilmington offense to 252 yards of total offense, averaging 4.13 yards a play.
The win gave Southern Columbia head coach Jim Roth 456 wins, which makes him Pennsylvania’s all-time winningest head coach, passing the late George Curry.