Last fall, Hagen Hutchinson left big shoes to fill after one of the best senior campaigns the big country has ever seen in class 1A.
This season, senior Bo Wimberely has proved to be just as clutch as his predecessor scoring 55 touchdowns throughout the year, including 21 touchdowns in four postseason games at quarterback.
"We've always known Bo was gonna be a great quarterback,” says head coach Wayne Hutchinson. “There was no question about it. He's progressed really well this year. Once we reached the playoffs I think he's carried the ball at least 35 times a ball game, so were riding him pretty hard and were just gonna have to try do that one more time."
"It's crazy,” says Wimberely. “Most kids wont ever get the chance to ever go to state and I've been all three years in my varsity career, so its really humbling and it's a great experience."
Every season has a turning point. Sometimes a big win can catapult a team to a run at state.
For the Bulldogs, it was a blowout loss to 2A state finalist Cisco, whom Stamford at Bill Anderson stadium back in 2012.
The Loboes put on a defensive clinic, taking down Stamford 54-14 at Chesley Field, which was their worst loss since the 2011 state championship.
"We learned a lot (from the Cisco loss)”, says senior two way starter Gus West. “They ripped us pretty good that game and it showed us early on this season that we could be beat, and that really prepped us up for the rest of the year. That game really helped us down the stretch."
One player that missed the Cisco game was senior Ty McLemore, one of the teams two way standouts and co-captains.
After being sidelined with a knee injury for three games, McLemore helped the Bulldogs get back on track and return to Arlington for a third straight time.
"I just had to keep faith and know that I'd be able to play again,” McLemore told KTXS. “And if I did that I was pretty confident about being back on the field when I wanted to be. I just kept my faith and gave it to god. It brought me back on the field faster then I expected."
Stamford will face Shiner in the class 1A division one title game Thursday, 10 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.