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Stamford celebrates winning State Championship

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:19:48 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2013 06:40:13 PM CST

The Stamford Bulldogs rallied for an historic win to become the 2013 Class 1A, Division 1 State Champions.

You couldn't have predicted a win like the one the Stamford Bulldogs pulled off Thursday. The small town boys had a big comeback.

"And then they just boom, boom, just over and then every time it was like (gasps) and (gasps) we tied (gasps) we’re ahead (gasps) oh my God, yeah, it was, it was awesome," said Kim Bryant whose son plays for the Bulldogs.

"We fought through adversity all year long. We proved a lot of people wrong saying that we couldn't go back and do it again and we showed everybody in the big country that we could do it and we did," Ty McLemore, Bulldog linebacker said.

The celebration didn't end on the field. It followed them 190 miles back to the usually quiet streets of Stamford.

"You should've seen the line of cars to welcome those kids home we were setting off fireworks we had horns honking we had lights flashing it was a party to say the least it was a party," said Bryant.  

"Fireworks are going off the town was going crazy the best feelings I've ever felt," McLemore said.

Football is a part of life in Stamford.

"You go to any out-of-town game and we have more fans than the home team half the time," said Bryant.

"We have the greatest fans in the Big Country as far as I'm concerned," said McLemore.  

"We have a fan base that's one of our big drives to help us win games, without them it's almost impossible,” said Bo Wimberly, Stamford quarterback.

This isn't the first state championship for the boys.

"Oh, to be back-to-back champions? That's like the icing on the cake especially for the senior boys,” said Bryant.

"A lot of people said that we wouldn't make it back without last year’s seniors and we just proved them wrong," said runningback Eric Sanchez

If you ask anyone in Stamford they'll tell you it won't be the last.

"We can three-peat we can definitely three-peat," Bryant said.  

Stamford isn’t the only state champions in the Big Country. Cisco also won Thursday. They will be celebrating with a parade Saturday at 6 p.m.