COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - They've done it again.
The Columbus Lions fans waited all year for the AIF Championship. Their patience was rewarded Saturday night as they claimed another title in a 74-32 victory over West Michigan in a literal slug fest.
The game may be remembered more for the brawl that ended it than the actual contest.
Late in the 4th quarter, the Lions had a commanding lead. After Ironmen QB Alex Carder through an interception to Jerome Junior, the Lions DB took the
pick to the 15 yard line before going out of bounds.
Multiple shoves on that side of the field led to a fight between both teams, one that resulted in multiple player ejections, a fan getting tossed out, and led to the referees deciding to call an end to the game.
Regardless, the hometown team took home another trophy thanks to great play on both sides of the ball.
The Lions fell behind 6-0 early, but that was the last time they trailed in the game. From that point on, they took full control with great defense and even better offense.
Four interceptions on defense and a blocked field goal on special teams gave them the edge they needed to pull away in the 2nd half against a team that only had one loss coming into the game.
The offense was as hot as ever, as Casey Kacz had no trouble connecting with receivers Jarmon Fortson, Michael Reeve and Josh Harris throughout the evening. He also had one rushing touchdown on a QB scramble.