The Columbus Lions continued their indoor football success in their new league beginning in 2017. Darren Daniel and Mason Espinosa spent significant time at quarterback, combining for 2,684 yards, 65 scores and just eleven INTs. Michael Reeve led all receivers with 21 scors and 809 yards. Columbus quarterbacks were sacked only eleven times all season. Instability plagued the 2017 season, with teams like Corpus Christi and Georgia being far from competitive. A key rouge with 56 seconds left put the Lions on top of Lehigh Valley for what would be a 52-50 playoff victory, capping a 23-7 fourth quarter. Jacksonville would survive a comeback attempt by Columbus in the first NAL title game, and escape with a 27-21 victory. Mason Espinosa played again in 2018, passing for 3,132 yards, 66 scores and seven interceptions. Jarmon Fortson caught 31 scores and, along with Durron Neal, surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark. After an 8-3 start to the season, Columbus dropped four in a row to end the regular season, losing six of seven games by a touchdown or less. After a road victory over Massachusetts, Columbus again advanced to the NAL's title game. However, they'd again fall, and this time lost 66-8 to the upstart Carolina Cobras.