ARLINGTON - The Tenaha football team put up some impressive numbers this year. Not only were the Tigers 15-0, but they had statistically the best offense AND defense in the state.
The team just behind them in those categories was Muenster and that's who Tenaha faced in the 2A Division 2 state championship game.
The story of the first half was the defenses, as the Hornets entered the half with a 10-7 lead.
Then, in the 3rd quarter, both of these powerful offenses got going. They traded shots throughout the quarter, and the game was tied 20-20 late in the 3rd. Muenster was driving at the end of the quarter, and QB Parker McGrew finished off the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run. That put the Hornets up 27-20.
It would stay that way throughout the 4th quarter. Muenster had a 3rd and 5 as they tried to run out the clock late in the game. The Tigers would get another chance IF they could stop the Hornets. But McGrew scrambled and picked up just enough to get the 1st down. That allowed Muenster to run out the rest of the clock as they picked up the 27-20 win over Tenaha.
It was a tough loss for the Tigers, and an emotional Coach Craig Horn talked about it after the game.
"It's tough, you have a good group of kids that...they give you everything they've got, they're talented enough to accomplish their goals and, you know, you gotta look at yourself whenever you don't achieve them."
The Tigers finish the season with a record of 15-1.