Dream denied for Columbus East; Westfield earns first football championship; Crider mental attitude award winner

A second state football championship in four years? That goal was within the grasp of Columbus East. They chased the dream, fighting through injuries, playing with heart — the Olympian way. Even though the dream was denied, you are still our champions.

Final: Westfield 16, Columbus East 13.

Columbus East’s Harry Crider wins mental attitude award.

1:41 left in fourth quarter. East trails.

Josh Major is stopped on fourth-and-7, and Westfield will take over at East 23 with 55 seconds left and look to run out clock leading 16-13.

Fourth quarter started.

Columbus East trailing Westfield 16-13. Photos from the first half.

Westfield 16, East 13. 2 minutes left in the third

Olympians fake punt goes no where and ball is turned over on downs to Westfield at the Shamrock 8. East trails 16-13.

Westfield retakes the lead. 6:56 left in third

After holding East to start the second half, Westfield scores on a 4-yard run by Nate Froelich. Shamrocks lead 16-13.

Second half underway. Photos from first half.

Columbus East 13, Westfield 9

We’re at the half.

On the final play of the first half, Jamon Hogan looks to be stopped by flipped to Caleb Voelker, who threw to Tyler Thomas for 14-yard TD.

Westfield pulls ahead. 3:32 left in half.

Westfield’s Will Harrison hits his third field goal of the game, this one from 42, and the Shamrocks lead 9-6 .

Tied. 7:45 left in the first half

Tied. Westfield’s Will Harrison kicks his second field goal of the game, this one from 44 yards, and it’s 6-6.

East leads 6-3. 9:41 second quarter

East takes the lead. On third-and-10 from the 32, Josh Major drops back and finds Caleb Voelker in the end zone for a TD. PAT is blocked, and East leads 6-3.

Westfield 3, East O. 7:14 first quarter

Shamrocks strike first. Westfield 3, East O. Will Harrison’s 52-yard field goal is a state record. Cathedral’s Ben Allen set the old record of 51 yards in 1998.

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7:22 p.m. East Pride at Lucas Oil Stadium

7 p.m. The orange beach has arrived!

Columbus East

6:47 p.m. It’s raining orange at Lucas Oil Stadium

6:32 p.m. Favorite tweet?

6:20 p.m. Amazing photos of East Nation by our photographer Mike Wolanin

6:15 p.m.  Class 3A game has ended. Next up? Columbus East

The rules at Lucas Oil Stadium …

Bull Dogs wish cross-town rival the best. Classy.

And a reminder from The Fire Pit …

5:30 p.m. Tailgating officially underway.

Honeymoon destination: Lucas Oil Stadium tonight. True love for Olympians!

A Columbus couple with ties to the East High School’s football team had planned to marry tonight — but those plans were moved up by 24 hours after the Olympians made it to today’s state finals.

Brandon Allen proposed to Karen Weaver during a summer vacation trip to Rocky Mountain National Park on a hike to Long's Peak. After moving up their wedding date by a date, they will be honeymooning at Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the Columbus East Olympians play today for the Class 5A state football championship.
Brandon Allen proposed to Karen Weaver during a summer vacation trip to Rocky Mountain National Park on a hike to Long’s Peak. After moving up their wedding date by a date, they will be honeymooning at Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the Columbus East Olympians play today for the Class 5A state football championship.

Instead of a 5:30 p.m. wedding today, Brandon Allen, an engineer, and Karen Weaver, a special education teacher at Richards Elementary School, tied the knot at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Nashville.

Click here for story.

Hmmm … #flatgaddis was in Washington, D.C. this week?

Saturday afternoon: What do you do while waiting for the big game?

Well, play football of course in downtown Indy. Intense tailgate football game between Tyler Settle, on defense, Gregory Craft, wide receiver, and Ethan Spiece, in green.

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Columbus East

4:58 p.m. Look at these bad boys!

4:40 p.m. Yep, Olympians taking over Indy

East fans arrive at the tailgate at the Gate 10 Event Center outside Lucas Oil Stadium. Video here.

4:24 p.m. East opponent: Westfield Shamrocks

Here’s everything you need to know about the team that stands in the way of another state championship for Columbus East. And looks like the Shamrocks and Olympians have a lot in common according to Westfield coach Jake Gilbert. Click here for the story.

3:40 p.m. Olympians cheered as they leave Columbus

3:30 p.m. Photo gallery: Signs of support everywhere for Orange Crush

IHSAA video introducing the Olympians
Columbus East Nation, if this video won’t get you fired up, nothing will.

Coach Bob Gaddis:
We want to go out and play every down
like the down
is going to win the football game.”

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Scarlett Syse is group editor of The Republic. Contact her at ssyse@therepublic.com.