The magical run of the Magi to Marquette includes a perfect 12-0 record, the team’s first undefeated season since 1957, meaning Colon football will play in the state finals for the first time in program history.
Colon will have to travel nearly 500 miles up to the Superior Dome in Marquette for the eight-player Division I finals. Colon Magi Head Coach Robbie Hattan called upon the community for help to give his team the trip of a lifetime. Hattan created a fundraising page asking for $11,000 to help pay for a charter bus, help with hotel accommodations and other things he has planned for his team on the way to, and in, Marquette.
In less than 48 hours, the community surpassed the original goal and they upped it $15,000 in order to get the cheerleaders, band members and a charter bus for spectators to the state finals, as well. As the Colon community has done all year, they backed Hattan and the Magi football team by raising more than $16,000 to make the finals a community event.
Earl Trine, a Magi alumnus, was a senior during Colon’s last undefeated season in 1957, which was before the Michigan High School Athletics Association formalized the championship system. He said he is making the trek to Marquette as his alma mater has a shot at history.
“It’s a once and a lifetime thing for me. I’m getting up there in age and this is one of the best football teams I’ve ever seen. I hope they win and I got the heart and feeling that they will.” Trine said.
Colon has a population of 1,200, but come Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, it may seem like a ghost town.
“I think somebody is going to say 'last person out turn off the lights when you leave.' I mean it’s huge this community loves this team.” Hattan said.
Colon will play Suttons Bay at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University.