Southern Columbia wins ninth state title

Southern Columbia’s Gaige Garcia (23) fights for more yards while defended by several Wilmington defenders in the first quarter of the PIAA Class 2A Championship game earlier this month at HersheyPark Stadium.

It’s about time.

After three masterful seasons as Southern Columbia’s most feared halfback, Gaige Garcia announced Saturday that he received an offer from Colgate University to play football at the next level.

Colgate, which is located in Hamilton, New York, just completed its defense of the Patriot League title with a 10-2 overall record and went undefeated in conference play (6-0).

Garcia has received attention from several big time wrestling schools, including NC State, Virginia Tech and Nebraska.

The offer from Colgate football came just two weeks after Garcia’s dominant five-touchdown performance in the Class 2A state championship game in Hershey.

After a sophomore season that resulted in over 2,000 rushing yards and The News-Item’s Player of the Year moniker, Garcia rolled through his junior season with 2,625 total yards of offense, 2,042 of which came on the ground.

He has accrued over 6,000 rushing yards during his first three seasons with Southern Columbia.

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