Wednesday, June 9, 2010

This weekend at the CCFD

King Rat is next inductee

The fourth and final individual inductee into the Columbia High School Athletic Hall of Fame had an unusual nickname in high school -- "King Rat," the leader of the 1970 football team also known as Steve Ward.
Here is a brief biography of Ward's accomplishments at Columbia High School.

He won 10 varsity letters for football, basketball and baseball.

During his three years of football, the team was 26-3-1. The 1970 team was 10-0 and won the Lancaster County championship. That year, the “Big Red Machine” scored 371 points, while holding opponents to a total of 69 points. The team averaged 402 yards per game, while giving up just 169 yards a game. As a junior, his team was 8-2. As a halfback, he was the leading receiver with 514 yards and the 2nd leading rusher with 549 yards. He was fifth in scoring in the county with 68 points. Steve co-captained and quarterbacked the team his senior year. He compiled 1774 all-purpose yards, threw 18 touchdown passes and rushed for 7 TD’s. He also intercepted nine passes as a defensive safety. He was named firstst Team All County and Honorable mention All-State.

In basketball, Ward was a starter both his junior and senior years and was named All-County both seasons.

An outstanding shortstop on the baseball team, Steve earned three varsity letters and was name All-County two of his three seasons on the team.