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Columbus Blue Devils are Athletes of the Week

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Snapping losing streaks is suddenly the theme in Columbus football.

A week after the Jordan Red Devils did just that with a 14-13 win over Temple, the Columbus Blue Devils ended their 19-game skid with a decisive, 35-13 win over Northside.

For that, they are the latest winners of the WRBL Athletes of the Week.

"We knew it was a big rivalry game," said senior defensive back Essang Bassey. "It was the week before region play that we're going into this week, so we knew we needed that win to get momentum going into next week."

The Blue Devils' last win came in 2011.

"It felt good to get the win," said senior tight end James Traylor. "We just came out with the attitude to win and compete, and it felt great to get that victory."

Junior running back Dale Williams, Jr. played a key role in the win, helping Columbus extend drives and keep the ball away from the Patriots.

"I think the win against Northside set the tone for the rest of the season," he said. "We look forward to getting some more wins."

The schedule doesn't get easy for the Blue Devils. They face no. 2 Carrollton this week on the road.

"They're ranked second in the state in AAAA, and we know we have our work cut out for us," said head coach Phil Marino. "We want to go out there and compete, and who knows? We may shock the state of Georgia. Our kids are going to go up there and play hard and we're going to do the best that we can do."

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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