The Games Belong at AT&T Stadium
After a year at NRG Stadium, the finals returned to AT&T Stadium and the return didn’t disappoint. 245,913 walked through the gates for the 2016 state championship games. A big improvement from last season in Houston and all of the 5A and 6A games saw attendance figures over 30,000. Even the lower classifications saw great attendance; Yoakum vs Mineola on Thursday night saw 20,000 people.
Six-Man football needs to continue to be apart of the weekend.
This was the first year that six-man football was a part of the championship weekend and it was great. The attendance for those games was fantastic; a combined 10,000 people were at the games and playing at AT&T Stadium was a once in a lifetime experience for the kids from small town schools. If you’ve never seen six-man football you need to because its fun to watch.
DFW Clean Sweep
After being shut out in 2015, Dallas-Forth Worth areas teams went a perfect four for four. They swept the 5A classification with wins from Aledo and Highland Park. DeSoto’s first title gave them a win in the highest classification; 6A Division II and Gunter also won its first title in school history in 3A Division II. If people thought DFW football was on its way down, it came back with a vengeance in 2016.
Thursday needs some tweaking
It’s a quadruple header, with 2A and 3A playing with the first game starting at 10:00 a.m. and the last game scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. This year the nightcap didn’t start till 9:00pm and didn’t end till just before midnight. With four games in a day to keep on time, I think halftimes should be cut from 28 minutes to 18 minutes. The bands will still be able to play but just for a little shorter and the last game wont start at 9:00 p.m.
Dabbing is still a thing on the JerryBoard
Leave it up to the attendees at UIL State finals to try and bring back dabbing. There were some serious power dabs going on by some little kids that I fully support. If you dab, go all out and dab your face off. If you are 13 and under, they did their part by making the video board entertaining.
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