COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s football team is looking to build upon its first .500 season since 2011, with many returning players on both the offensive and defensives sides of the ball.
The Eagles were 5-5 last season and return 14 starting positions — eight on offense and six on defense.
Columbia City will have the choice between two quarterbacks with varsity experience, Jacob Bolt and Max Bedwell, who both received snaps in the Eagles’ scrimmage against Garrett last week.
In addition, Columbia City returns several wide receivers and senior running back Jacob Wigent, who rushed for 792 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Defensively, the Eagles plan for defensive ends Drew Rethlake and Curtis Winebrenner to lead Columbia City. Rethlake was a second-team All-Northeast 8 Conference player last season. Additionally, the squad has an athletic defensive line.
Columbia City opens the season by hosting Warsaw Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Tigers are led by first-year head coach Bart Curtis and finished the season with a 6-5 record last year, beating Columbia City 21-6. The last time the Eagles beat Warsaw was in 2014.
The Eagles are led by head coach Brett Fox, who is in his fifth year at Columbia City.