Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Columbus Stuns Holton in Final Seconds, 22-21

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Columbus Stuns Holton in Final Seconds, 22-21

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COLUMBUS -- Thirteen seconds left in the game, ball on the 2- yard line, fourth down.

Six feet separated the end of a season for one, and a spot in the state semifinals for the other.

"That's what it's all about," said Columbus junior running back Jace McDown. "Someone was going to make a play, and I was not going to be stopped."

McDown's 2-yard touchdown run with nine seconds left and a PAT kick by Dominic Parrish lifted Columbus to a 22-21 victory over Holton at Cecil Kline Field in the Class 4A Division II state quarterfinals Friday night.

The Titans (10-1) advance to next Friday's semifinals against Santa Fe Trail (9-2) after the Chargers dispatched Frontenac 14-13.

Holton ends its season with a 9-2 record.

In the first half, the Wildcats built a 14-0 lead, rushed for 203 yards on 33 carries and never turned the ball over.

But a fourth down stop at the Columbus 12 with 4:55 remaining led to the decisive touchdown drive.

"If we take care of business there and finish that drive, this is a different game," said Holton coach Brooks Barta. "We're a program that is known for not hurting ourselves and tonight, we stopped ourselves. We jumped offsides, we dropped a snap, we committed penalties on every drive. It's our fault we didn't earn the result we wanted tonight."

Taking over at their own 35 with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats picked up three first downs and had first-and-10 at the Columbus 20 before a bobbled snap and a false start penalty led to second-and-16.

Columbus made the stop on fourth down at the 12 and began a 13- play, 88-yard drive with 4:55 remaining.

After Taylor Watkins carried on first down to the six, Holton called timeout with 55 seconds left. McDown then got five yards to put the ball at the one with 45 seconds left and another Holton timeout.

On third down, Nate Bole bobbled the snap and covered the ball at the Holton 2. …

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