A season of firsts continued for Columbus East on Friday night with a 35-15 win over Bloomington South in a Class 5A semi-state matchup – sealing the Olympians’ first-ever trip to a 5A state final.
Columbus East (13-1) will vie for a championship next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium against No. 5 Westfield (11-2) at 7 p.m.
The semi-state win for the Olympians was their first on the 5A level, adding to the sectional and regional crowns attained this season. Bloomington South entered the matchup No. 3 in the 5A AP poll, a spot ahead of Columbus East. The Olympians opened postseason play with an upset at No. 2 New Palestine.
An early touchdown pass got the Olympians on the board before an 85-yard kick return by Cam Wilson gave the visitors a 14-3 lead with more than four minutes left in the first quarter Friday.
Jamon Hogan then belted out scoring runs of 64 and 79 yards to help Columbus East build a 35-3 halftime lead. The Olympians’ defense nabbed a pick six with less than 1:30 in the opening half. Hogan totaled 243 yards in the first two quarters.
Braves come up just short
Brownstown’s season came to a screeching halt Friday, as the Braves’ come-from-behind effort in a Class 3A semi-state matchup against Lawrenceburg came up just short, 41-40.
Gavin Bane recorded a 43-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to knot the score at 34-34 following a two-point conversion Friday at Lawrenceburg. The Tigers answered just 13 seconds later, and the Braves had 4:53 to keep their season alive.
Turns out, it was plenty of time for Bane and the Braves – the senior posted his fifth touchdown to bring Brownstown within 41-40 with 1:23 left. Coach Reed May opted to go for two, like he had all game, but the conversion failed.
The result was a sour ending to an admirable comeback effort for the Braves. Brownstown trailed 27-12 with 7:56 left in the second quarter before ending the game on a 28-14 run.