Columbus State Cougars Fail to Defend Doughboy Classic Title

Doughboy Classic

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- The Columbus State Cougars returned the coveted Doughboy Classic trophy to Fort Benning after Thursday night’s football game.

Three different occasions during the game, Columbus State University’s club football team was within inches of scoring but turned the ball over -- twice on interceptions and once on downs. Those missteps meant the Cougars never scored, and ended up losing to the Doughboys 21-0. As a result, the men in black and gold took back the Doughboy Trophy from CSU, which defeated the Doughboys 28-12 last year for the first time since the series began in 2010.

An informal term for infantry men, the “Doughboys” were a community tradition for many years before the Classic began, with Fort Benning fielding teams that included now-legendary coaches and participants, such as the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The tradition eventually died out until five years ago, when Brigadier General Pete Jones restored the team and partnered with community supporter John Hargrove, who brought CSU and its club football team into the mix. The Doughboy Classic is now a way of reminding the community that Columbus, CSU and Fort Benning are interconnected and depend on each other for growth, support and leadership.

“Not only has the university embraced this game, but so has the entire community,” said Lajuan Abraham, a CSU sophomore and the Cougars’ defensive captain.

Club Football Coach Michael Speight promises good times, but he also noted the heated rivalry between the two teams.

“The key for our success is planning and focus,” Speight said before the game. “This will be a very competitive football game. There will be a lot of hard hitting, fast running and, of course, tons of trash talk.”

Kick off was at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 22 at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.

The game included family-friendly activities, tailgating, food and music before the game. Admission was free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://homecoming.columbusstate.edu.

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