SPRINGTOWN — The boys at Methodist Children’s Home weren’t content to just get there again.
This time MCH brought it home.
After losing in the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Division I final in each of the past two years, the Bulldogs came up with the plays they needed in the fourth quarter to cement a state championship victory, defeating Wylie Prep, 72-57.
It’s the first state title in the eight-year history of the program for MCH (9-4).
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” MCH coach Matt Rodgers said. “I’m just so happy for the kids, especially the boys who have been with us multiple years. We have three boys who were with us two years ago when we lost in the state championship, and then a good group, about eight or nine, that came back from last year’s team that lost in the final. I’m just so happy for them.”
MCH quarterback Sir Dautrel Bible gave the Bulldogs a lift with his running ability, tallying more than 275 yards of offense and five total touchdowns. DaMonte Walker also topped the 100-yard rushing mark for MCH.
But the game see-sawed back and forth. The Bulldogs led by just four late in the game, but Christian Beck produced a critical kickoff return for a touchdown and a pick-six to ice it for MCH.
“I was pretty high-strung to the end,” Rodgers said. “But the kids were excited. … This is just proof that when you bring in kids from all different places and they really focus on working together, all things are possible.”