On Thursday evening, the Gunter Tigers defeated the Boling Bulldogs 43-7 to capture the 3A Division II state title, the first in the program’s history.
Gunter was firing on all cylinders from the start as they forced a fumble on the opening Boling possession to set themselves up in prime position to open up the scoring. Four plays later, the Tigers were on the scoreboard with the first of four rushing touchdowns from Colson Stovall and never looked back as they led wire-to-wire.
Boling seemed to gain some momentum in the second quarter on an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown, but that momentum was quickly wiped away as Gunter scored three plays later to reclaim authority.
“Colson was Colson, that’s what he’s been doing all year long,” Gunter coach Jake Fieszel said postgame. “The big reason we wanted to go to this offense this year was because of Colson.”
Sophomore Payton Lowe carried the load on defense as he racked up the most tackles and tackles for loss for the Tigers tonight.
It was clear from early on that the Gunter Tigers were the better team tonight as they came with an undefeated record and a great hunger for the program’s first state title.
For Boling, the future is bright as they finish the season 13-3 and 3A Division II runner-ups.
“We’re losing some good players, but we have a very good team coming back,” Boling coach Stephen Dorr said postgame. “We will have to regroup and get into the offseason to see exactly where we’re at.”
Even in a losing effort in a state title game, it is still a fantastic accomplishment to make it to the state’s highest stage.
“The hours spent on the practice field and in the film room, it was still all worth it to get to this point.”