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Manitou Springs wins 2A football crown in double overtime thriller

Mustangs win first state championship since 1990
Published: May. 14, 2021 at 9:22 PM MDT
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - One play, two measly yards, decided a state champion.

When the dust settled, it was the green-clad Mustangs faithful storming the field.

Manitou Springs stuffed a two-point attempt in double overtime, winning the 2A football state championship game 31-30 over Flatirons Academy Thursday at CSU-Pueblo’s Thunderbowl. Manitou Springs junior Jesse Jorstad made the championship-saving tackle, stopping Flatirons at the 1-yard line on the deciding conversion attempt.

Manitou Springs junior Joah Armour caught two touchdown passes, and senior Isaiah Thomas kicked a game-tying field goal with less than a minute to go. Bisons and Mustangs were tied at 17 in regulation. Thomas, who was named Most Outstanding Player, also ran in both overtime touchdowns for Manitou, .

“Pure jubilation, there’s really nothing else you can say,” Thomas said following the victory. “Pure joy for every one of these seniors that didn’t think we were going to have a season. We had trust in our offense to score, and we knew when we came down do it, we knew we were gonna win this game.”

Manitou finishes the season with a 7-1 record, and wins their first state title since 1990.

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