Next Saturday, three State Championships could be coming home to East Texas.
Three teams who've all won titles before are on the edge again, starting with the Gilmer Buckeyes. Gilmer won state in 2004, and with their win over Abilene Wylie has taken them to the championship game again.
Jeff Traylor's Buckeyes are undefeated, but so is their opponent. Liberty Hill is also a defending champion, they beat Celina last year in the Division II finals.
Something's got to give.
The Buckeyes take on the panthers Saturday afternoon in Waco, that game will be at Baylor's Floyd casey Stadium. If Gilmer wins, they'll not only claim the crown, but also hold the honor of beating three defending state champions in the same season.
Tatum played a team in the state semis that had given up a grand total of seven points in the playoffs. True to form, the Eagles hung forty-one points on Salado. Three is a magic number, and that's what Tatum shoots for Saturday at 7:30 against Farmersville. The Eagles could claim the first three-peat for an East Texas team since Big Sandy in the 70's, a feat not even Daingerfield in the 80's could accomplish. They'll go to Corsicana Saturday night to try and complete their quest.
In Alto, the Yellowjackets already have one state championship, and they knocked out Granger to earn a chance at a matching set of gold bookends. The Yellowjackets take on 10-3 Seymour on Saturday afternoon at three. That game will be at Midlothian, southwest of Dallas. Alto is trying to become the first 1A team to repeat since Thorndale in 94 and 95.
Reid Kerr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.