Henderson wins first football state championship

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

ARLINGTON, TX (KLTV) -  In 1989 Dickey Meeks celebrated the 4A State Championship game with the Chapel Hill Bulldogs.  Friday night Meeks broke the hearts of the Chapel Hill community.  Meeks and his Henderson Lions brought home the first state football championship in school history 28 to 21.

It was a super East Texas match up that saw over 20 thousand fans pack Cowboys Stadium.  Henderson jumped out to an early 14 to 0 lead after a Grayland Dunams 15 yard touchdown catch and a Cord Fletcher touchdown run.

Chapel Hill pulled within seven after an Avery Saenz found Nelson Onwuzu for a touchdown strike.  But a Bulldogs fumble in the final minute of the first half proved costly.  The Lions took over deep in Chapel Hill territory and LaMarcus Brown scored with just ten seconds left in the first half.  Henderson took a 14 point lead in halftime.

The Bulldogs looked prime for comeback marching 90 yards in the opening minute of the third quarter.  But Henderson scored again in the 3rd quarter on a 47 yard touchdown run.  Quarterback LaBradford Barnes completed 18-of-23 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns despite a broken wrist.

It was the 29th meeting between the two East Texas schools separated by only 20 miles on Highway 64.

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