Col. City to take on ranked foe

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s football team is about to run the proverbial gauntlet in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.Three consecutive games with ranked opponents loom. The first, this Friday at 7 p.m., will be a road contest at New Haven.The Bulldogs are currently ranked fifth in the Associated Press poll for Class 4A and are a perfect 5-0 for 2013.After New Haven, the Eagles will take on East Noble, currently ranked ninth in Class 4A, on Oct. 4. The ranked slate concludes Oct. 11 when Columbia City travels to Carroll, ranked 15th in Class 6A.With such a string of games facing the 3-2 Eagles, Coach Randy Hudgins said his team is ready.“Our guys won’t back down from them,” he said. “Sometimes, on any given night, we can put things together and pull one out. Our guys know that and are genuinely confident.”Columbia City gained a 34-12 homecoming win last week against DeKalb. New Haven beat Norwell 28-7.To read the rest of this story, see the Sept. 26 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.