Suttons Bay Falls to Colon in State Finals

MARQUETTE – A dream season for the Suttons Bay football program came to an end Saturday in the MHSAA 8-player Division 1 state final.

Making its second state finals appearance in program history and first since falling to Constantine in the 2004 Division 6 state final, Suttons Bay couldn’t match Colon offensively in the late stages of the second half, falling to the Magi 26-14 at Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome in Marquette.

Trailing 7-6 at the half and 14-6 after an early third-quarter Colon (13-0) touchdown, Suttons Bay knotted the game at 14-14 with 2:21 left in the third on a Bryce Opie 4-yard scamper.

The Magi would respond with 17 seconds remaining in the third on Phillip Alva’s go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run.


Colon would tack on another score with 7:36 left in regulation on a 94-yard Brandon Crawford run. Crawford ended the game with 205 yards on the ground and two scores.

“You can’t ask for more as a coach,” said Suttons Bay coach Garrick Opie following the loss. “You can’t ask for more from kids. One is my son. Love him to death. To see him fight like that makes me more proud than any trophy. It’s amazing. It’s amazing to watch.”

Bryce Opie rushed for 83 yards and a score on 24 carries and completed 8-of-23 passing for 46 yards and touchdown over four interceptions.

The Norsemen are set to graduate seven players from its 2019 squad that went 12-1 and won the Midwest Central Michigan 8-player Football Conference West championship and a regional title.

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