The Southern Columbia Tigers are one of the most successful football programs in Pennsylvania and one of the best small-school programs in the country. Since the advent of the PIAA playoff system in 1988, the Tigers have competed in 16 of the 30 state finals, winning eight, including a state record five in a row from 2002 through 2006. From 1998 though 2006, the Tigers appeared in every Class A State Championship game. The Tigers won their first State Championship in 1994 and the Class AA Championship in 2015 and 2017.
Completing his 34th season as Head Coach of the Tigers in 2017, Jim Roth and his staff have amassed an amazing 86% winning percentage. Their teams have appeared in the playoffs every year, have won 10 or more games in 30 of 34 seasons and have never had a losing season. In 2009, Coach Roth became the youngest head coach in Pennsylvania to reach the career milestone of 300 wins and followed it up in September 2017 by becoming one of only three head coaches in Pennsylvania to reach 400 wins.
The Tigers hold PIAA records for consecutive State Championships (5), total State Championships (8), State Finals appearances (16), consecutive District Championships (16) and total District Championships (25).
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Aug 25th @ Shamokin - Southern gets off to a good start and with a "score-at-will" offense and smothering defense, outpacing the Indians 55-7. Game Story.
Sep 1st @ Bloomsburg - The Tiger defense came to play and shut out the Panther offense and the offense continued their dominant play scoring early and often to win 49-0. Game story.
Sep 8th Mount Carmel - The first game on a brand new turf field against a local rival - doesn't get any better than that. The Tornadoes staunch defense makes for tough going but the Tiger defense and a stellar kicking game come through for the win 29-7. Game Story.
Sep 15th Hughesville - The Tigers felt like they had something to prove and they sure proved it shutting out the Spartans 57-0 and giving Coach Roth and his staff their 400th win. Game Story.
Sep 22nd @ Lewisburg (at Susquehanna University) - Continuing their roll through the regular season, Southern lights up the Green Dragons winning 56-21. Game Story.
Sep 29th Milton - The points come fast and furious as Southern takes the Homecoming Game 75-28. Game Story.
Oct 6th Montoursville - On a night where several distinguished alumni were honored, the Tigers were quite distinguished themselves, defeating the Warriors 42-7. Game Story.
Oct 13th Danville - Senior Night is a success as the Tigers defeat the Ironmen 41-10 and take the Heartland Division 2 crown in the process. Game Story.
Oct 20th @ Central Columbia - Dominating in every aspect of the game and putting on an offensive and defensive show, The Tigers shut out the Blue Jays 42-0. Game Story.
Oct 27th @ Selinsgrove - The Tigers get a great tune-up for the playoffs and finish their sixth consecutive undefeated season by defeating the Seals 49-28. Game Story.
Nov 3rd District Playoff vs. North Penn - The Panthers keep it close for a quarter or so but the Tigers pull well away in the end, defeating North Penn 63-26. Game Story.
Nov 10th District Semifinal vs. Central Columbia - A complete game by the Tigers in every aspect ends the Blue Jays season 59-14. Game Story.
Nov 17th District Championship vs. Mount Carmel Area - The Tornadoes lead early but the Tigers pull away in the 2nd half to take their 25th District Championship in 27 years 49-14. Game Story.
Nov 24th Eastern SemiFinal vs. Neumann-Goretti - They said it couldn't be done but the underdog Tigers took it personal and blew away the South Philly All-Star team from start to finish 45-12. Game Story.
December 1st Eastern Final vs. Dunmore - The first time that two coaches with 400+ wins meet in a playoff game, James Franklin playing catch with the water boys, Henry Hynoski on the sideline - all out-shined by the Tigers performance giving the Bucks their first loss of the season 56-19. Game Story.
December 8th State Final vs. Wilmington - The Greyhounds were in the game for about 3 minutes then it was all Tigers the rest of the way. Southern brings home their eighth State Championship and puts the state on notice that there's more to come. Game Story.