Dwenger State Bid Falls Short (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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December 1, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (21Alive) - In a game of wild momentum swings, Columbus East held on for a 28-27 victory over Bishop Dwenger in the Cklass 4A state football final on Saturday.

Columbus East led 21-0 in the first half, but saw Bishop Dwenger jump ahead with 27 unanswered points before rallying for the win inand then rescued the hard-earned victory in a memorable fourth quarter.

The Olympians' winning touchdown came with 3:42 remaining. Markell Jones, with a punishing running style, led them on a 14-play, 73-yard march. Quarterback Alex Cowan burst in from the 1-yard line for the touchdown before Paul Baker booted the winning extra point.

That extra point was the difference because of Dwenger's failure to convert a two point conversion after their go ahead touchdown, leaving the lead at six points

Dwenger drove to midfield after receiving the kickoff but fumbled the ball away, the last of three Saint fumbles lost in the game.

Saints quarterback Mike Fiacable completed 20-of-27 passes for 280 yards and three scores. Gus Schrader caught seven passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

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