The Gunter Tigers will play in their third state championship game in four years when they take on Paul Pewitt on Thursday.
It has become tradition for this team to play deep into December, as they chase their second championship.
"It's just the greatest thing ever," defensive end Joshua Magers said. "You have so many people watching you, playing against the best opponent that you possibly can. It's the biggest game of the year, last game of the year, and you know it's the last."
"There's nothing better," linebacker Peyton Lowe said. "I mean, to be able to know when your last football game is going to be, that's something special."
"Special" is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, but in Gunter, it may not be strong enough. This team has reloaded better than most. Graduation hits them seemingly hard every year, but yet here they are, with a mix of new faces and old to try to win it again.
"I think there's a process out of season and in season," head coach Jake Fieszel said. "We try to make sure that our kids understand what their role is and what it takes to be successful. I'm really proud of them committing to that and putting themselves in position to have an opportunity to go win a state championship for Gunter."
Winning state is the goal. For Gunter, it has become the goal every year. These Tigers will face a talented Paul Pewitt team on Thursday at 7:00pm, but who the opponent is has never really phased this football team.
"We're looking to win," Lowe said. "There's no 'oh we have a couple of gold balls, we're good'. If we have a game, we're looking to win."
"Every game we win, we're looking for the next opponent," Magers said. "Who's going to be better? Can we beat them? We just want to try to beat the best teams that we can every single week, week in and week out, and that's where it has taken us."