To to say it was a great season for the Columbus Lions would be an understatement. This team has made history in more than one way. And after winning the AIF championship game last night, their season ended on a high note.
“You know it’s great to be perfect. never been able to say it i’ve done it in my life you know? now i can put a ring on my finger,” says Ryne Holland.
For Lagrange native Ryne Holland and the rest of the team… It was a perfect season. The Lions went undefeated, putting up 100 points in games and never backing down.
“We just wanted to focus on playing us. I wasn’t worried about playing Western Michigan or playing against the officials or all that stuff. I’ll take it man! It feels good,” says head coach Jason Gibson.
And coach was right. The Lions defense proved to be too strong for Western Michigan’s offense to combat. Constant pressure on the quarterback forced a lot of interceptions. Four interceptions and a blocked field goal gave them that edge. But the Lions players said it was their chemistry that always kept them in sync.
“It was a blessed season man. Anytime you go undefeated and win every game you play in, that’s special. I was fortunate to be around a special group of guys. We all believed in each other. and the outcome speaks for itself,” says John Harris.
And the outcome did speak for itself. The lions out-ran, out-played and out-hustled the Ironmen. Columbus went on to win 74-32 in a wild game that ended early because of an apparent brawl from the other team.
Coach Gibson said this was their year.
“It was just a good quality win. Our guys played hard, they were challenged. Western Michigan is a really good team. And they’re really well coached so I’ve got to give them all the credit in the world. but we weren’t going to be denied,” says Gibson.
Now the Lions can celebrate this incredible win. A back to back championship they truly deserved.