In 57 previous football seasons, West Columbus High School had never advanced beyond the second round in the NCHSAA football playoffs. That ended Saturday night at Vikings Field as West Columbus came from behind to defeat the Washington County Panthers 42–30 in 1A East second round play. The fifth-seeded Vikings (9–3) will travel to fourth seed Northampton County (10–2) Friday. The nine wins is the second most wins in WCHS football history, trailing only the 1979 team that had a 10–1–1 mark. Saturday's contest was just the sixth time West Columbus had advanced to the second round of the football playoffs.
It didn’t come easy. The initial 6:46 of the second half is something Vikings head coach LaMonte Williamson would like to, but may be unable to forget. Despite the temporary meltdown that caused West to trail 30–21, the Vikings righted their ship and scored the game’s final 21 points.