It was too little too late for Colon, as the Magi fell behind 21-0 before scoring 24 fourth-quarter points to come back and almost get the best of Adrian Lenawee Christian before faltering 28-24. Colon dropped to 1-6 on the season and the Cougars improved to 5-2.
Adam Baker ran in a pair of scores and added a third touchdown through the air to give LCHS the 21-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but a pair of Hunter Boals touchdown runs and two-point conversions sandwiched around the Cougars’ final score of the night made things 28-16 with 4:42 remaining, giving the Magi a glimmer of hope, despite having turned the ball over four times on the evening.
Following a quick three-and-out by the Magi D, Boals — who led Colon with 98 yards rushing — quickly converted on a 40-yard halfback toss to Jonathon West to kick off a 1:45 scoring drive that was capped by a Brandon Crawford 3-yard TD run. After a two point conversion by Andy Stoll with 1:40 left, it was suddenly 28-24. The Magi failed to recover the onside kick attempt, however, and the Cougars were able to run out the clock and hold on for the victory.
Phillip Alva converted 6-of-10 pass attempts for 92 yards for the Magi while John Ruby added 85 yards on the ground and Crawford 76. West secured three Colon passes for 71 yards as Stoll added 31 yards on two catches and Greyson Riethmiller added 30 yards on two catches of his own. Ruby paced the defense with eight tackles as Stoll, Riethmiller and Josh Allerding each had four stops. Crawford, Boals and Grant Wilson were all involved in tackles behind the line of scrimmage for Colon.
Despite coming out on the losing end, Colon dominated the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 30:09, compared to LCHS’s 17:51. Much of that can be attributed to the fact that most of the Cougars yards (273) came through the air, compared to just 68 on the ground. Colon racked up 290 yards rushing, while only putting the ball in the air 12 times all night.