Moguls bring home state championship

Santa delivered the package, neatly wrapped up in a 26 -6 victory, to the Munday Moguls on Saturday, Dec. 22nd at Tarleton State University. The state championship trophy was held high in the very brisk and bone chilling wind but fans flooded the field to raise the temperatures after the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock. The Moguls had defeated the Bremond Tigers to end their perfect season with a 15 – 0 record.
It was a purple crush by Munday’s defense and great offensive blocking schemes that sealed the school’s second state championship – purple reigns, indeed.
Our entire little village has been over the top all week-end. Residents have repeated the words, “We had a great Christmas gift, didn’t we?” In small town Texas football is king and the state championship means more than just bragging rights – it has made our young men local and regional celebrities.
The day after the final victory the team traveled to Wichita Falls to appear on a television show there. As if that wasn’t thrill enough the team was greeted by cheers and applause when they entered one of the city’s restaurants – the kids didn’t know these kind folks but they had heard about the teams accomplishments and rewarded them in a memorable way.
When the team arrived back home last Saturday after the championship game our main street was lined for several blocks by fans who had been waiting for their arrival – emergency flashing lights on all the parked vehicles added a terrific lighting effect and police cars, fire trucks, and emergency vehicles escorted the buses through town with lights flashing and sirens blasting. In addition, the towns tornado sirens blared to all for miles that the team was arriving to a hero’s welcome. Once escorted through town, hundreds filled the high school gym for an impromptu victory celebration. There members of the team spoke as did the coaches and all team members had their championship medals draped around their necks. It was hard to tell what was glistening more, the eyes of the team, the smiles from the fans, or the gold medals reflecting the gym lights.
It won’t be forgotten soon. Fantastic memories are stored in the hundreds of photographs taken, the stories that everyone has accumulated, and the articles from newspapers will certainly fade much faster than those keep-sakes.
As for my own son, I knew that things would be great for him when he told me that a sign on the locker room door at the championship game said, “Those who stay will be champions.” This is certainly true in his case and I couldn’t be more proud!

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