Rianna Gibbs Wilson
Over the past couple of weeks, East Marion (16-1, 6-0) has asserted itself as the team to beat in Class 1A/3A Region 7, while Columbia (7-13, 3-3) and West Marion (5-9, 2-4) are trying to keep pace with Salem (12-4, 4-1) for the coveted second spot in the district standings.
While Columbia (2-3) was on a bye last Friday night, the Wildcats got a chance to learn more about their first district opponent — Wesson (4-2).
Although Wesson has a favorable record, its wins have come against lesser competition and its losses have come against perennially strong teams in Sumrall and one not so much in Mize.
Four lost fumbles in the first half doomed Columbia Academy Friday night in a 41-22 loss to Adams County Christian.
The Cougars (2-3) will be looking for sharper play this week as they travel across the county to face West Marion (1-4).
Despite a 38-21 loss at the hands of the Taylorsville Tartars, Columbia High School football coach James Harvey saw things he liked last Friday.
Down 20-0 at halftime, the Wildcats managed to put up 21 points in the second half despite the loss of starting running back Kentrel Bullock early in the game to an injury.
The Class 1A/3A Region 7 forecast for East Marion, Columbia and West Marion has become a lot clearer over the past two weeks since district play began.