A state championship capped off a perfect 16-0 season for the Waxahachie Indians football team, as the Tribe fought past 1991 state champion A&M Consolidated to bring the Class 4A championship trophy home.
The Indians' march to state also included playoff wins over Liberty-Eylau (34-7), Jacksonville (39-0), Denison (56-0), Highland Park (10-9) and Lubbock Estacado (70-6).
"The players were great all season long," said WHS coach Scott Phillips. "Anything we asked, they did. They put in a lot of long, hard hours practicing. Their goal all along was to win a state championship, and they were willing to do what it took to make it happen."
Not only did the Indians make it happen, but they did it in convincing fashion. The Indians scored 237 points in the playoffs and allowed 46 points.
Waxahachie also defeated an opponent that had established itself as the best program in the state in football over the past four seasons. The Consolidated Tigers won a state championship in 1991 and had many of those same players returning this season — including second-team All-State quarterback Jeff Watson.
For members of the senior class, there was no better way to cap off a sensational high school career that included two quarterfinalists and a state champion.
"This is a dream come true," said junior defensive end Donnie Edwards. "the first day of practice, this is what we talked about. We worked hard and practiced six days a week to prepare — and all the hard work paid off. It took a great team effort.
"We'll try to come back for it next year, and I imagine A&M Consolidated feels the same way. There's no other feeling like this; nothing to compare it to. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do next year."
Sophomore lineman Lamont (Buford) Harris was also excited about the win, and he mentioned thoughts of 1993 and 1994.
"This was a great game — it means a whole lot to all of us," Harris said. "I just hope we can come back and do it again the next two years.
"It felt good to win this one. I was really worried because they were able to score so quick. They have a great team, but we did what we had to when we had to, to win the game. It just feels great."
The Indians were still on top of the world when their bus rolled into Waxahachie in the wee hours of the night.
And rightfully so. A perfect season doesn't come along too often. For WHS players, this is something to tell the kids and grandkids about.