ARLINGTON – The Cameron Yoe Yoemen claimed their third straight state championship Thursday night, and did it in record fashion with a 70-40 win over Mineola in the Class 3A Division I title game at AT&T Stadium.
The Yoemen’s point total tied the record for a state championship game, set by Stephenville two years ago.
Cameron Yoe’s Aaron Sims caught six passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns of 43, 39 and 47 yards to earn the game’s offensive MVP award. His 39-yarder came on a Hail Mary to end the first half and stake the Yoemen (12-4) to a 42-13 lead.
Sims’ exploits came as part of a 311-yard, five-touchdown performance from quarterback Reid Nickerson, while Traion Smith scored three times on the ground in the first quarter and twice more in the third to go with 123 yards.
Mineola (12-4) got a gutsy effort from quarterback Jeremiah Crawford, who rushed for 158 yards and two scores and threw for another despite taking a pounding throughout the night. He was intercepted twice by John Washington, and that earned the senior defensive back the MVP award for that side of the ball.
The Yoemen set the tone right away by falling on a kickoff that bounced and wasn’t covered by Mineola, and they scored four plays later. That started a first half in which they scored touchdowns on all six of their offensive possessions.