Colts bring horsepower

THURSTON – Being the defending champs is hard. Being the back-to-back defending champs is harder.

That was the Thurston Colts football team last year as they looked to three-peat. Everything was going according to plan, too. The Colts went undefeated in a regular season that saw them complete four shutouts and have their closest game be a 10-point victory at Churchill.

The postseason looked to be much of the same as they rolled through Ridgeview (31-2), Canby (20-0) and Wilsonville (34-14) on their way to the title game. But the Colts’ engine ran out . . .