Roseburg, Ore. -- For the second year in a row, the Thurston Colts claimed the top spot in 5A football. The Colts held off Crater 14-10 in the championship game.
The low scoring affair included a number of special team errors from both teams. The costly plays included the Comets fumbling away a punt return, while the Colts had a field goal blocked.
The defensive game was the biggest test the Colts faced all season. Thurston strength in their run game was met by a stout front seven in Crater. The Colts mustered 159 rushing yards in the game.
In the end, Kyle Casley picked off Trever Davis in the end zone on a pass that would have forced Thurston's offense to score in a two minute drill. Instead the Colts were able to sit on the ball after Wesley Kommer picked up a first down.
"I mean it's crazy. not very many teams are able to do it," said offensive lineman, Grant Starck. "Not many teams are able to do it, so it's just so special to be apart of it. To get to do it with all my bestfriends and brothers out here. So it's really cool."
The Colts become the first team in Lane County to repeat as champions since 1953.
"It's incredible, it's bittersweet though," said head coach, Justin Starck. "This is a phenomenal group of kids and I'd like to have a game with them again next week. And that'll be a little bit of a let down knowing that we don't have a game next week for sure."
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