LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview Lobos’ State Champions football team had quite a ceremony in the Lobos Coliseum when they received their Championship rings. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation waiting to open those ring boxes.
It was quite the circumstance, with a bit of pomp; The Longview Lobo football team filed into the coliseum in front of hundreds of fellow students and parents.
Many of the coaches acted as ring bearers. The rings are the culmination of the 2018 season according to running back coach Oscar Wilson.
“They’re real special because all season all you talk about is winning state, winning the ring, and when it’s said, win the last ball game, and we did. And whatever it takes, we’re going to do it,” Wilson said.
Coach King and others gave their input as to how the rings would look.
“It’s a new phase. You know, they’ve kind of gotten bigger over the years and we were approached by a company. Had a great design. I really liked it, and you know it’s just a little something different. We didn’t want to go with the old model. We went with the new model,” King said.
The players had seen pictures of the ring.
“But a picture really doesn’t do it justice,” Wilson explained.
The boxes were passed out and you could tell, like kids at Christmas, they wanted to open them right now.
“But the Longview Lobos defeated Westbrook 35-34 to win the championship by one point,” King said to the crowd.
They had to wait for the coach to talk, but it didn’t take long.
“Three, two, one, open them up,” King counted down.
And when running back Keilyn Williams saw his, well he went for a little run. He had to show it to whoever wanted to see it.
“Well, what do you think of it?” I asked Williams.
“It’s beautiful. We worked for it,” he said.
“Did you expect it to be that big?”
“Nah, I didn’t know it was going to be this big,” he smiled.
“It’s like super bowl time,” I said.
“Yeah. It feels like we won the super bowl,” Williams agreed.
“This is just the beginning, because tomorrow’s not promised, but we’re going to work today to try to get there,” Wilson said.
“We’ve been able to do this. It’s been 81 years. We were wanting to do it right, and hopefully you know we won’t have to wait 81 more years,” King stated.
And with that, Keilyn only had one thing to say:
The players weren’t the only ones to receive rings. The coaching staff and the LISD Board will also get rings, but coach King said today it was all about the kids.