Columbus East tops Kokomo for Class 5A state championship

The Columbus East Olympians celebrate their third state championship in football. (Photo: WTHR/Ben Reiff)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Columbus East claimed its third state football championship with a 42-28 win over Kokomo Friday night.

Jaedin Miller scored on runs of 2, 40 and 1 yard for the Olympians. Miller finished the game with 132 yards rushing to lead a trio of 100-yard ballcarriers for Columbus East. Jamon Hogan ran for 112 yards and quarterback Josh Major rushed for 107 and two scores.

Major also threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Klayton Brummett in the win.


The Olympians scored first on Major's one-yard scoring run, but Kokomo answered with five-yard run by Jack Perkins. After two Columbus East touchdowns opened the lead to 21-7, the Wildkats answered with a Kyle Wade-to-Luke Cameron touchdown pass with 21 seconds left in the first half.

The teams exchanged scores headed into the fourth quarter, but two Miller touchdowns put it out of reach for the Olympians.

Perkins had 148 yards rushing for the Wildkats and also caught four passes for 67 yards, including a toe-tapping touchdown in the corner of the end zone with two seconds left for the final score of the game.

Luke Cameron also ran for a touchdown for Kokomo.

The teams were virtually even on the offensive stat sheet, with the Olympians holding a slight edge in yards gained at 394-392.

Wade was named the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Winner.