In 2017, Regents Football tried “State Title Mohawks” with no luck.
"Last year didn’t work," junior quarterback Wilson Long said. "So a little superstition, gotta change it up."
So this go around it’s no nonsense.
"It’s all focus this week." senior defensive tackle John Peyton said.
But there's nothing simple about stopping a Trinity Christian offense coached by Deion Sanders and quarterbacked by his son, Shedeur Sanders. On their run to state, the Tigers are beating opponents by an average of 46 points a game.
"It’s probably easier for me to answer what challenges they don’t present." Regents head football coach Beck Brydon said. "I mean they’re the real deal."
" We have been there before, and we know what we’re up against," Long added "It’s gonna take everything to beat these guys."
Now the Knights get another crack at Trinity Christian. After last year’s state title loss, senior Cal Long left his cleats at midfield. That devastated feeling is driving another group of senior before their final high school game.
"That was very indicative of what our team did," Brydon said. "And we talk to our guys all the time about you’re gonna win games and you’re gonna lose games, but how you play the game is everything because that’s what you’re gonna remember. You either get to walk off knowing you truly left it on the field or you get to walk off with regret knowing you could’ve given more. That is a bad, bad feeling."
Championship game isn’t unfamiliar territory, but underdog is an unfamiliar role that matches the Knights’ season creed.
"Someone said I think our motto should be “grit” because through thick or thin we stick together and we need to spread that throughout the team." senior wide receiver Jackson Mountain added.
The TAPPS Division II State Championship game between Regents and Trinity Christian will kickoff at 7:00pm at Midway High School.