Columbus (11-4) trailed the entire game and were down 20-7 when Brandon McDuffey hit Henry Parrish with a 15 yard TD pass with 3:21 left. Apopka blocked the extra point, and Columbus still trailed 20-13.
The Explorers forced an Apopka punt and took over at their own 28-yard line with 1:57 left. McDuffey then led Columbus on a drive that Explorers fans will remember for years to come. Eleven plays later, McDuffey hit Parrish again, this time from 6 yards out for another TD.
Columbus trailed 20-19 with 8 seconds left, and Explorers coach David Dunn had a decision to make. He went for the win, and McDuffey hit Jahvar McSween on the two-point conversion attempt. And just like that, history for Columbus and heartbreak for Apopka.
This is the first state football title for the Explorers, playing in their third championship game in six years, including a 30-23 loss to the Blue Darters in 2014.