In Daingerfield, football isn't a tradition. It's a birthright. The Tigers playoff appearances are noted in detail at the stadium, their three state championships remembered every time someone walks through the door of the fieldhouse. This year's Tigers can take their place beside them.
"It's really what you dream about," Tigers linebacker Joe Lafayette said. "You always d5ream about winning a championship, and Daingerfield is known for that tradition."
"Our goal was to win a state championship," Daingerfield offensive lineman Ketavian Andrews said, "but it would feel nice for us to have the team out there that says '2008 State Champs.'"
The Tigers have been working for this since the first week of August, now living the dream of every one who ever sweated through two-a-days.
"Two-a-days and summer break," Andrews said, "All I could think about was 'I'm ready to get around my teammates to play football.'"
"There's millions of kids that play football," Daingerfield center Jacob Boyd said. "They want their chance to be able to do that. "
The workouts are over, the games are won, the title shot is earned. The only problem the Tigers have right now is with patience.
"Everybody's talking about it," Tigers quarterback Tyler Boyd said, "teachers and everybody. They're just ready for Saturday."
"Honestly for me, it's coming too slow," Andrews agreed. "I'm ready to play."