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Columbus Lions heading to AIF Championship game

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Time to go there and back again, as the Columbus Lions booked a spot in next week's AIF Championship game.

Their second title game in as many years. Last year they played in, and won, the PIFL Championship.

This year’s trip did not come without a challenge though, as they had to go through their toughest opponent, the Florida Tarpons, a second time in order to make the League Finals.

"This is a big team to beat,” head coach Jason Gibson said after the game.

A 79-66 victory might not look as impressive as their other wins on paper, but this team was still as dominant as ever, scoring early and often.

"Something our offense does, if we get in a rhythm, we're unstoppable,” quarterback Casey Kacz said. “We like to get going fast. If we can get going fast and score a couple touchdowns in our first few possessions, we feel like it’s our game to lose.”

Let's not forget about the Lions’ defense. Three first-half turnovers, including a 20-yard scoop and score, helped pave the way to victory.

“…the whole thing today was come out and have fun,” defensive back Roshawn Marshall said, “It’s a kid’s game, so we’re just going to come out here and run around like some maniacs. That was the game plan."

Now these “maniacs” are heading to the AIF Championship.

The Lions will host the championship game next Saturday as they face the West Michigan Ironmen, a team with an 8-1 record.

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