Columbus advanced past American 33-16 in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal at Tropical Park behind an outstanding passing attack.
Columbus was led by senior quarterback Marcelo Rodriguez, who had 180 yards passing and a touchdown.
It was Rodriguez’s first playoff victory, which came in the third playoff game of his career and the first since his sophomore year.
“This is a great feeling because it’s my senior year,” Rodriguez said. “We’re prepared to go deep into the playoffs.”
Rodriguez is currently committed to the University of Southern Mississippi.
Columbus will play a rematch against division rival Coral Gables in the next round of the playoffs. The Explorers defeated the Cavaliers 14-7 in their final game of the regular season.
“We learned a lot from are last game — I think we can beat them,” Rodriguez said about Coral Gables.