It apparently doesn’t matter which league the Columbus Lions indoor football team play in, they have a top-notch organization and talent to win. They proved it again as they won the American Indoor Football (AIF) championship when they beat the West Michigan Ironmen 74-32 Saturday night in Columbus.
The Lions completed an undefeated season and won their second consecutive indoor title. They won the championship in the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) last season. When the PIFL folded in the offseason, the Lions moved to the AIF this season.
Their win over West Michigan had a bizarre ending when Ironmen quarterback Alex Carder threw his fourth interception of the game to Columbus defensive back Chris Smith late in the game. Smith jumped out of bounds into the stands during the return. An Ironmen defender drove Smith further into the stands and a fan attempted to punch the the Ironmen player. Players emptied the benches and a brawl ensued. When order was restored, the Ironmen elected not to continue the game with 4:08 remaining and forfeited the rest of the game in disgust.
West Michigan scored first on a 1-yard run by Carder to take a 6-0 lead but the Lions roared back to score 23 unanswered points to close out the first quarter with a commanding 23-6 lead.
Columbus quarterback Casey Kacz finished with 23 of 34 passing for 286 yards and eight touchdowns.
It is unclear whether or not Columbus will remain in the AIF. The AIF is not a very stable league and it might help the Lions to move to a more stable league such as the Indoor Football League (IFL) or a new league with better organization.