How the heck was Columbia team with losses to Madison and East Ridge still in the top 10 in Florida?
In 2016 we fell out of the rankings entirely (top 25) after losing to eventual state champions TCA despite them being ranked top 10
In October of 2005, Tim Tebow and hc Craig Howard's Nease team came to Lake City. 10th ranked Columbia was 5-2 and and faced 8th ranked Nease was 5-2. Nease went up 21-0 and never looked back, winning 49-24. Tebow rushed for 73 yards and 3 TD's. He went 19/28 passing for 271 yards and 2 TD's despite suffering an injury. 180 of those passing yards went to Ryan Ellis. Ellis was a 2-time, First Team All-State selection who led the state in receiving yards two straight seasons. He finished 2005 with 103 receptions for 1911 yards and 18 TD's.
This win gave Nease the District 5-4A title and they eventually went on to win the 4A title, beating Armwood in the final. Columbia lost its next game to Orange Park Ridgeview, costing the Tigers the runner-up spot in the district.
In a controversial ending to the game, it is alleged that a very young fan of Columbia threw a dirty diaper at Tebow as he was leaving the stadium because Tebow would not give the youngster his autograph.