Every year it’s the same old thing. Who would win if the Division I state champ played the Division II champ?
Sometimes the match ups are intriguing. For example, what if this high-powered offense had to play that tough defense. Or, we’d like to see that legendary coach against that legendary program. Perhaps it’s star power on state championship teams or just to see if Cinderella can conquer one more foe.
High school football season ended last weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington with 10 newly crowned state champions in 11-man football.
As a way of extending the season one more week, here’s our Christmas wish — a hypothetical game of each class’s state champions. It’s like the Little League World Series finale is the United States Champion against the International champion.
But this is Texas, and we’re ALL Texans. So here are the match ups, each with a prediction.
And to go old school, we’ll put each game at a site that’s neutral and about even in distance — the way coaches used to decide on the site for a state championship game. We’ll have five games in four days at four different sites, just to mix things up for media and earn those extra airline miles.
2A State Finale
Who: Bremond vs Refugio
Date: Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Site: NRG Stadium
Refugio must travel 19 more miles than Bremond to reach NRG Stadium, and that’s not much considering Houston traffic on a weekday. All the yellow dog buses will sit in traffic.
However, it doesn’t matter how far Bremond has to travel. The Tigers are hard to beat regardless of where they play. Refugio is a really good team, but they needed a last-minute field goal to beat Crawford and take the state title back to the Coastal Bend for the first time since 2011.
Refugio’s just not as dominant as Bremond, which won its third-consecutive title with a 49-28 win over Iraan. The Iraan Braves were ranked No. 2 all year long and posed the biggest threat to unseat Bremond, but they couldn’t stop Roshauud Paul, who ran for 231 yards and scored five dazzling touchdowns. Paul, a Texas A&M commit, also threw for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Refugio had a good year, but we think Bremond is just too good and the Tigers win No. 48 in a row.
Bremond 45, Refugio 20
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