DENVER - In a game that could ultimately determine the conference champion (and a possible match-up we could see again in the playoffs), the No. 2 ranked Mullen Mustangs defeated No. 3 ranked Columbine 28-27 in a thrilling overtime finish Friday night.
The Mustangs were the first to get on the board, after their drive resulted in a short punch-in by Shamond Hamilton to take a 7-0 lead. The Rebels were quick to respond and would tie the game in the first quarter after Mikey Griebel connected with Buck Ramming for a touchdown. The first quarter would end evenly matched and tied at seven.
The two teams would follow suit in the second quarter. Mullen would again be the first to find the end zone on a hard run by Marcus McElroy Jr, but the Mustangs would miss the extra point. Tim Mullin continued his impressive season for the Rebels by plowing over the goal line to give Columbine a 14-13 lead with less than three minutes to play in the half.
Both teams stayed consistent, and would trade off scoring in the second half. One of the biggest plays of the game came at the start of the fourth quarter when Mullen QB Javon Tafoya hit Wind Henderson for an 80-yard touchdown completion. After a two-point conversion, the game would be tied at 21, and that's how it would stay through regulation.
In overtime, the Rebels were the first to find the end zone, after Connor Snow scored. Columbine would have its extra point blocked, which left the door open for Mullen. The Mustangs took full advantage. Hamilton fought to get a touchdown on the next drive, and the Mustangs would make their extra point. That would conclude the thrilling game.
Mullen improves to 5-2 on the season and will face No. 9 ranked Fairview next week.
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