El Campo fans hold up cut-out letters spelling out "Birds" as the root for the Ricebirds during the Class 3A, Division I championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Friday. El Campo lost to Stephenville 70-35, dashing the teams hopes of the first state football title in school history.
Photo by Caty Hirst.
As of Saturday, December 15, 2012
El Campo and Shiner fought valiantly on Friday night, but both saw their season come to an end. East Bernard, on the other hand, routed Elysian Fields to earn a spot in the Class 2A, Division II state championship.
Check out all the coverage - stats, scores and more - for Friday's games.
FRIDAY'S FOOTBALL GAME SCHEDULE
Class 3A, Division I state championship: Stephenville 70, El Campo 35 - Game story, feature column, send-off event story, fan photos, game photos, stats
Class 2A, Division II semifinal: East Bernard 52, Elysian Fields 8
Class 1A, Division I semifinal: Mart 42, Shiner 7 - Story, stats, photos
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Get all of the information on El Campo in the lead up to Friday's championship game.
IN PICTURES: Check out a gallery of photos from this season here.
KEY PLAYERS:Top threats on the team, with stories on Trey Martin, Cole Hunt, Bryce Brandl, Montray Johnson, Jack Davis
Both Stephenville and El Campo dropped from Class 4A to 3A this year, Taylor Mitchell writes.
Bob Gillis has been a head coach for 19 years, with this being the pinnacle so far, Mike Forman writes.
Stephenville has been here many times before and is led by a top receiver and quarterback in the state, Taylor Mitchell writes.
Wharton County's football success has been a boon for the county's T-shirt screening shops, Will Brown writes.
This chance at a state title has been a long time coming for the El Campo community, Caty Hirst writes.
There are parallels between the 2012 team and the last Ricebirds team to make it in 1967, Taylor Mitchell writes.
MORE ON THE GAME: Watch Caty Hirst, Mike Forman and Taylor Mitchell talk about Friday's championship game here; also, re-watch the Carthage game, play for play, here.
GAMES COVERED THIS SEASON:
In playoffs, vs. Carthage, vs. Somerset, vs. Ingleside, vs. La Grange.
In season, vs. Bay City, vs. Bellville.
RELIVE THE ACTION
CHECK OUT RECOUNTS OF THE GAME: Sports reporters Taylor Mitchell and Mike Forman run down the play by play from Friday's game. Scroll through the live chat to follow the action.
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