It was great to be at AT&T stadium and see all 4 teams and towns come out for the big day! Safe to say no one was left in any of those 4 towns on Wednesday!
Attendance on the whole was one of the lowest I've seen at a state game (missed a few since 1995 but not many) and I think the combo of it being played on a Wednesday and in Arlington really hurt the attendance. However, there is no question the environment and meaning of being able to playing on the same field as the Cowboys to these kids and coaches is worth the hit in attendance.
Walker Tippie of Richland Springs ran into the record books, as he has been in the entire playoffs he seemed to be untouchable, thanks in large part to an outstanding offensive line blocking for him and excellent lead blocking by Hutton Lusty and Jordan Burkhart. Tippie had 414 yards rushing (4th most in a 6man state game), with 8 rushing TDs, which tied him for most rushing TDs in a state game with Trey Richey and Dewayne Miles, on just 15 carries. He was also 4-6-0 for 62 yards with 2 TDs passing...oh and he was 2nd on the team with 9 solo tackles, had 1 assist, 1 fumble recovery and 1 INT!
Not to be over looked is kicker Jared Martin's 12/12 in PAT kicks for Richland Springs, which is the best kicking performance ever in a state game (Brett Chudej of Garden City was 13/16 in 2009, making one more but has a worse percentage).
As a team Richland Springs had 29 carries for 530 yards rushing scoring 10 TDs on the ground and had 592 yards of total offense. Defensively Brandon Tharp had 12 unassisted tackles and was in on 1 assist to lead RS.
96 points scored is 3rd most in a state game.
Balmorhea was in this game for good portion of it, however they suffered a few injuries, including one to RB Kyle Garcia, and a couple of key dropped passes that set them back. Marcos Mendoza caught 6 passes for 156 yards, 5th most in a state game, and 2 TDs and had 192 all-purpose yards to lead the Bears. Kyle Garcia rushed for 135 yards 1 TD and was 4-6-0 83 yards 2 TDs passing. QB Marco Martinez was 10-17-1 for 175 yards 4 TDs passing.
Combined total offense for this game was 1,063 yards. 146 points scored is the 4th most in a state game.
This was Richland Springs 8thtitle, tying them for the most ever by a school in any classification.
In the DI game Borden County had more of a balanced attack and their classic bend don’t break 2-3 defense allowed just 12 points, tied for 3rd least amount of points allowed in a title game, to a solid Jonesboro squad.
Borden County’s Corbin Sumners had 135 yards 3 TDs rushing on 15 carries while Hunter Jones had 152 yards rushing on 13 carries. Passing Jones was 5-6-0 for 88 yards with 3 TDs and Sumners was 1-1—0 for 22 yards with 1 TD. Sumners caught 1 pass for 31 yards and a TD, Braxton Coors caught 2 passes for 29 yards and 2 TDs, Trace Richey caught 1 pass for 22 yards for a TD, and Kale Yarbo caught a pass for 28 yards rounding out the balanced passing attack.
The highlight of the game was Trace Richey’s one handed INT that would have been returned for a pick 6 had there not been a penalty on the return by Borden County.
Even defensively Jones and Sumners balanced it out as both had 6 solo tackles and 2 assists to lead the Coyotes.
Jonesboro grinded out and earned every inch of their 197 total yards. Robert Robuck bruised out 59 yards and 2 TDs on 11 carries on the ground. As a team the Eagles had 28 carries for 162 yards rushing and they ate up a lot of time with long drives, however they couldn’t convert many of them into points. Jonesboro had 8 possessions, scoring on 2 of their first 3, they had a turnover on downs twice, were forced to punt twice, had one turnover (Richey’s INT), and were in possession of the ball as time ran out to end the 1st half.
The oddity of this game was the fact that Borden County received both the opening and the 2nd half kickoffs…I have only seen that once in a game before so this was safe to say the first time it has happened in a state game...or not! It has been pointed out to me that this happened in the 2008 DII game when the wind was very bad and involved Borden County...but it was BC who decided to kick off twice in that game.