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Regents eyes state title redemption

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It’s a feeling the Regents Knights haven’t forgotten.

"It was definitely heartbreaking." Regents linebacker Caleb Barton said.

Last season, in the TAPPS Division 2 State Championship game, the Knights came up one play short of bringing home another championship.

"I remember going for two that last play," Regents wide receiver Zach Robert said. "Just a funky play, didn’t quite get the job done."

The job of returning to the same stage this season seemed even more improbable considering Regents graduated 10 of its 11 starters on the offensive side of the ball.

"It’s a lot of fun because I think a lot of the community is surprised like the rest of us." Regents head coach Beck Brydon said. "Again, the kids aren’t surprised. I think everybody outside the kid group outside, the locker room, is like we didn’t see 13-0 coming."

Now here they are with an undefeated season and a small slice of redemption on the line.

"We’d be fools to think that the kids weren’t thinking that. So the kids are very motivated by that." Brydon added.

And in preparation to avenge last season's loss, the Knights brought back an old tradition. Some teams opt for superstitions like playoff beards, but at Regents it all starts up top with “state title mohawks”.

"We thought we might as well bring it back, get some good luck on our side and enjoy tradition." Regents defensive back Danny Phillips said.

"It’s kind of like a trust fall because you never know if they’re gonna get it right or if they’re gonna completely mess up," Barton added. "Everything we do, we see it as a way for us to bond as a team."

The tradition of sporting team mohawks for state title week dates back to the past champions at Regents. These Knights hope to join those teams of the past by bringing home the school's first state championship since 2010.

"For me, to have a senior class that leaves a legacy like this, that we were the first Regents Division 2 team to take a home a title, that would be awesome." Barton said.

Regents will face Trinity Christian for the TAPPS Division 2 State Championship at 7:00 p.m. on Friday December 8th.

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