GUNTER, Tex. (KXII) Thursday, the Gunter Tigers were cheered on by their community, who say making it all the way to state has also been exciting for them.
After winning their first state championship last year, the Gunter Tigers are now hoping to be back-to-back football champions.
And the town of Gunter made sure to come out and cheer them on as they made their way to AT&T Stadium.
Fans with ribbons, signs and painted hay bales lined the sides of Highway 289 through Gunter Thursday as this community sent their team off to play Newton.
"It's just like Christmas morning at our house," said Leeanne Klas. "We have that real nervous feeling."
"The whole entire town comes to this send off," said Alexa Reichert.
The Gunter Tigers were escorted by police and fire crews all the way to Arlington for the 7 pm game at AT&T stadium.
Fans tell us they've made it out to every game this year and Thursday's state championship won't be any different.
"Our town revolves around football. It's definitely a huge priority here," Reichert said.
"It's a big deal around here," Klas said.
This isn't their first time getting to the championship. In 2016 they took home the first state title in school history.
"They're fortunate to be able to experience that," said Klas.
"It's really special, especially for small towns because its not typical for 3A school to be able to do this back to back," Reichert said.
Gunter is riding on a 31 game winning streak and they're hoping to win again Thursday night.