FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Southern Columbia’s Jim Roth became just the second head coach in Pennsylvania history on Friday night to win 450 career games, joining the late George Curry. The latest challenger to fall to the Tigers was Lewisburg 42-7, but this win for Roth was arguably his most unusual one leading up to the kickoff at Tiger Stadium.
The past week had been an incongruous one for both teams leading up to the game, but who would expect anything different during these historic times. Southern officially picked up a win via forfeit earlier in the week as the District 4 committee awarded the three-time defending PIAA champions a victory over rival Mount Carmel Area. The Red Tornadoes opted to cancel the remainder of their 2020 campaign because of a hazing incident that is under the investigation of law enforcement involving members of the team. The Tigers also had their backup quarterback transfer out of the district unexpectedly earlier in the week with preliminary reports of him heading to Central Columbia. “After Thursday’s practice, I told the players to come to school Friday with their home uniform, away uniform, and their practice gear because everything was up in the air,” Roth said. “Thankfully everything went as planned and we were able to get a game in because we are already missing out on live action with the Mount Carmel situation and the last game of the regular season being the first round of playoffs.”