The Southern Columbia Tigers are one of the most successful football programs in Pennsylvania and one of the best small-school programs in the country. Since the advent of the PIAA playoff system in 1988, the Tigers have competed in 20 of the 32 state finals, winning twelve, including a state record five in a row from 2002 through 2006 and 2017 through 2021. From 1998 though 2006, the Tigers appeared in every Class A State Championship game. The Tigers won their first State Championship in Class AA in 2015 and have appeared in every Class AA State Championship game since then.
Completing his 38th season as Head Coach of the Tigers in 2021, Jim Roth and his staff have amassed an amazing 88% winning percentage. Their teams have appeared in the playoffs every year, have won 10 or more games in 35 of 38 seasons and have never had a losing season. In 2020, Coach Roth became the winningest head coach in Pennsylvania at any level. His record as a Head Coach following the 2021 season is 475-64-2.