Colon claimed a regional eight-player football championship for the second consecutive season with Saturday’s 56-12 victory over Martin.
Both teams entered the afternoon unbeaten and both teams battled fairly evenly with a 20-12 Magi lead at halftime. However, Colon was unstoppable in the second half, outscoring the Clippers 36-0 en route to yet another blowout victory. Each of the 11 Magi wins have been by margins of 34 points or greater. ”
The initial drive for each squad ended via punt. On Martin’s punt, the snap flew over the punter Karter Ribble’s head, forcing him to fall on the ball at the Clipper 25-yard line. Soon after, Colon quarterback Phillip Alva had the game’s opening score with a 13-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
Martin answered with a 67-yard scoring drive, capped off on a 13-yard pass from Travis Thorne to Brayden Eckman. The Clippers tried for the two-point conversion, but Cayden Curry was tackled short by Justin Miller, leaving Colon ahead 7-6 to close the first quarter.
58 seconds into the second quarter, Alva had a two-yard rushing TD. The Magi tried for the two-point conversion and two-possession lead, but had an incomplete pass for a 13-6 score.
Each team had a turnover on downs, then Martin broke through again with 2:50 left in the half. On fourth and goal from an inch out, Curry pushed his way in for the touchdown. Again, Colon denied the two-point try, leaving the Magi ahead by one at 13-12.
Colon drove 58 yards in just over two minutes, scoring with 31 seconds remaining in the half. A fumble at the goalline was recovered in the end zone by guard Mason Paliga for a TD. Austin Stoll’s PAT kick gave the Magi a 20-12 halftime lead, although the Clippers were very much still in it as they would start with the ball in the third quarter.
The game’s first turnover sparked the complete shift from a competitive first half to a lopsided second half. Martin’s second play of the drive was a pass intercepted at midfield by Ian Eells. Soon after, Alva had a 32-yard touchdown run for a two-possession advantage at 28-12.
Martin’s next two drives were quick punts and Colon’s ensuing drives ended with touchdowns, a 23-yard pass from Alva to Jonathan West and a 19-yard rush from Brandon Crawford. Then, the final play of the third quarter saw the Clippers fumble away a kickoff return.
Even when the Magi made mistakes in the second half, they still MacGyver’d their way to success. After a 21-yard Alva rushing score in the fourth quarter, a miscue on the extra point kick forced the kicker Stoll to heave up a prayer, which ricocheted to center Brice Harvey for two points. On a later field goal try, a high snap forced the holder Alva to scramble, eventually finding Stoll for a 23-yard toss for the game’s final touchdown.
Martin closes the season at 10-1, only the second 10+ win season in school history. The Clippers graduate seniors Jakob Conley, Travis Thorne, Keeghan Wahlers, Cayden Curry, Rayne Torres, Isaac Dykstra, Quinn Gorton, Trent Keech, and Ethan Gillihan.
Colon moves to 11-0, their most-ever wins in a season, and will play in the state semifinal for the second straight season. Again, they will face Morrice, the squad that eliminated them 40-8 last year en route to a state title. Unlike last season, the Magi will get to host with the game set for next Saturday with a time to be announced.
CO- 13 yard rush Phillip Alva, Austin Stoll PAT (7:17)
MA- 13 yard pass Brayden Eckman from Travis Thorne, 2PT fail (1:01)
CO- 2 yard rush Phillip Alva, 2PT fail (11:02)
MA- 1 yard rush Cayden Curry, 2PT fail (2:50)
CO- Fumble recovery in endzone Mason Paliga, Stoll PAT (0:32)
CO- 32 yard rush Phillip Alva, 2PT pass Stoll from Alva (10:01)
CO- 23 yard pass Jonathan West from Phillip Alva, Stoll PAT (5:27)
CO- 19 yard rush Brandon Crawford, Stoll PAT (0:03)
CO- 21 yard rush Phillip Alva, 2PT Pass Brice Harvey from Stoll (10:02)
CO- 23 yard pass Austin Stoll from Phillip Alva, PAT blocked (4:30)
Total Yards: Colon 369, Martin 170
Turnovers: Colon 0, Martin 2
Penalties: Colon 1-5, Martin 3-27
Colon Rushing: Brandon Crawford 149, 1 TD; Phillip Alva 99, 4 TD; Jonathan West 42, Kaleb Johnson 16, Alex Stoll 7, Justin Wickey -1, Josh West -4
Martin Rushing: Travis Thorne 63, Cayden Curry 31, Chris Tuinstra 18, Brayden Eckman 13, Karter Ribble 0, Gabe Meyers -1, Keeghan Wahlers -2
Colon Passing: Phillip Alva 4-5, 61 yards, 2 TD
Martin Passing: Travis Thorne 4-11, 48 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Gabe Meyers 0-1, Brayden Eckman 0-1
Colon Receiving: Jonathan West 2-28, 1 TD; Austin Stoll 1-23, 1 TD; Brayden Ireland 1-10
Martin Receiving: Gabe Meyers 1-20, Brayden Eckman 2-19, 1 TD; Cayden Curry 1-9
Colon Defense: Caiden Carver 13 tck, 1 sack; Kaleb Johnson 8 tck, 1.5 TFL, 1 FF; Ian Eells 7 tck, 1 INT; Brandon Crawford 5 tck, 1 TFL; Justin Miller 5 tck, 2 TFL; Grayson Riethmiller 5 tck, 1 TFL; Nate Wagner 4 tck, 1 TFL; Robert Wickey 3 tck, 0.5 TFL; Jonathan West 2 tck, Austin Stoll 2 tck, LaWayne Wickey 1 tck, Justin Wickey 1 tck, Connor Hetman 1 tck, Alex Stoll 1 tck, 1 TFL; Bryce Frame 1 tck, Kody Dovey 1 tck
Martin Defense: Travis Thorne 10 tck, 1 TFL; Brayden Eckman 9 tck, 2 TFL; Jakob Conley 7 tck, 2 TFL; Gabe Meyers 6 tck, 0.5 TFL, Chris Tuinstra 5 tck, 1 TFL; Cayden Curry 4 tck, Rayne Torres 2 tck, Trent Keech 2 tck, Ethan Gillihan 2 tck, Donavon Moss 2 tck, 0.5 TFL, Karter Ribble 1 tck, Mitchell Jager 1 tck
Records: Colon 11-0, Martin 10-1