On Thursday afternoon, Gunter (15-0) will face off against a hot Boling (13-2) squad for the 3A Division II crown.
Gunter is experiencing their best season in school history after deep playoff runs in past years have been wiped away by unlikely upsets.
The Tigers have not reached the state championship in school history and have twice fallen to the eventual state champions since 2010 despite having the most wins of any North Texas school in their classification in that same time frame.
On their road to state, Gunter defeated the 3A Cinderella team, Winona, in the regional championship, just before beating defending 2A division I state champion Canadian last week by a score of 44-34.
For Boling, their road to state has been somewhat unpredictable after dropping two games in the regular season, including the week eleven finale against East Bernard.
However, after edging Arp 19-18 last week in the state semifinals, the Bulldogs are in position to upset Gunter and win their first state title since 1972.
Despite having the lower record in this matchup, Boling is confident coming into Thursday afternoon that they have what it takes to knock off the monster in the form of Gunter.
“Some are worth remembering, some unforgettable,” Jim Williams, captain of the 1972 state title team said to ABC 13 News. “That’s unforgettable: winning a State Championship. These young men on Thursday are going to put it to them.”
This will be an early contender for the best game of the weekend as these two teams will slug it out to the very end. Due to Gunter not showing any signs of weakness this season, I will have to pick them to prevail over the two-loss Bulldogs with a go-ahead score in the closing minutes. Look for this one to be much closer than expected.