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The Colon Magi opened their state championship defense with a 45-6 victory over Bellevue on Friday night. Colon scored points in each of the four quarters and never trailed in the game.
Simon Vinson found the end zone on a pair of touchdown runs in the opening stanza. Those runs were from two and 11 yards out. Colon’s lead was 13-0 after the opening quarter.
The first points in the second came from Bellevue. The Broncos trimmed the deficit to 13-6 after a 7-yard TDpass from Joe Madry to Jeremy Odette. Unfortunately for Bellevue, that would be the only points scored for the game.
Colon answered immediately on the ensuing kickoff, a 78-yard TD return by JustinWickey. Vinson added the conversion attempt and it was 21-6 Magi.
Colon would take a commanding 33-6 advantage following its next two possessions. They each ended in Brandon Crawford TDs, the first a 35-yard run and the second a 32-yard pass from Vinson.
Colon’s lead of 27 points at the half was certainly enough.
The third quarter saw no scoring until 1:15 remaining. There, Crawford plunged into the end zone on a 1-yard run to cap a four-play, 61-yard drive of 1:21. Colon’s lead grew to 39-6.
The final score of the game came with 3:32 remaining. Vinson found Brayden Ireland for an 11-yard TD pass that made the score 45-6.
Colon held a 424-148 yard advantage for the contest despite Bellevue holding a 29:47-18:13 edge in time of possession.
Crawford led with 112 yards on 10 carries and the two scores, Vinson scampered for 90 yards and two scores while Josh West added 29 yards on two carries. Vinson was also 5-of-7 passing for 156 yards and the two scores.
Mason Blair hauled in a 75-yard catch, Ian Eells caught one ball for 38, Crawford had one catch for 32, Chris Frye caught one for 31. Ireland led with two catches for 11 yards.
Defensively, Robert Wickey led with nine stops. Caiden Carver and Crawford each had eight tackles, Grayson Riethmiller and LaWayne Wickey each stopped five. LaWayne Wickey and Eells each had an interception.