Pottsboro with a lot to play for in first ever title game

The Pottsboro Cardinals will play for their first ever state championship on Thursday. The Cards have already made school history, now they want to take one more step.

Pottsboro is coming off clutch wins against Malakoff, Gladewater and Brock. We knew the Pottsboro Cardinals would be a tough out, but at 15-0, and a state title game to play on Thursday, it's becoming evident that they don't plan to go out at all.

"We don't like giving up," offensive tackle Adrian Delacruz said. "We could have lost. We could have given up being down 11 points. Catching up and being down, but we don't give up. That's how we've always been."

"I think it's our heart and want to," receiver Ezra Fritts said. "All of us just play for each other and play to win."

"It's incredible," defensive end Riley Deaton said. "This is the thing we have dreamed about since we were in pee-wee and middle school and the time we spent on JV. Getting here and this moment, it's amazing."

"We may not be the biggest, the strongest, the fastest, maybe not even the most athletic on the field," head coach Matt Poe said. "Those things can be measured. But you can't measure the size of a kids heart and his desire to be successful. If you could measure those things, I think our guys would be off the charts."

The hearts in Pottsboro have been heavy. This team has played with a purpose greater than itself. They are playing for a fallen classmate in Nathan Halfman, and coach Bart Williams. Both were taken way too soon, and for a school that has seen more than it's share of grief, the Pottsboro Cardinals football team has given the school and the town something to feel good about.

"When he passed away it was hard on all of us," Delacruz said. "We know he's there. We just always play for him and our brother that passed away. We play for everyone else. We are all family here."

"I think it would mean everything," Deaton said. "I think this is what the school really, really needs. We have had a rough couple or few years with Coach Williams and obviously Nathan passing away in our grade. I think this would be something great for all of us."

Pottsboro and Grandview will kickoff at 3pm at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to determine the Class 3A Division I champion.