It's December and the White Oak Roughnecks are still playing football.
"It's the best thing ever considering how many people are home dribbling basketballs," said White Oak senior Levi Loftis. "We're out here throwing the football around. I love it."
Every practice is like an early Christmas present.
"For these kids to practice in December is a life time memory," said White Oak head coach Gerry Stanford. "We've had Christmas music playing all week long. We're having a good time and enjoying what they're getting to be a part of. Trying to leave their mark on a special place in a special time."
Before Santa lands in White Oak, the Roughnecks plan on making a trip to AT&T Stadium.
"It's kind of surreal," said White Oak senior Josh Benson. "We always talk about making it to the star, winning state. We really just want to the be the team that everyone remembers. Not necessarily in the state, but in White Oak we want to be the team they talk about for years to come."
Headed to the regional finals for the first time in 43 years, the Roughnecks credit a district loss to rival Tatum. White Oak's only loss of the season.
"We realized that's the bar and we came out the next week, and played week in and week out," said Benson. "That really motivated us to where we are now."
"It was the building block of our season," said Loftis. "I believe if we would have won that game, we wouldn't be where we are now.
The Roughnecks don't plan on losing again. White Oak plays Franklin Friday night in Palestine.
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