ARGYLE - Argyle High School Principal Jeff Butts said there's a lot of enthusiasm on campus about the Eagles' 4 p.m. state championship football game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington today.
The community, too, is abuzz with excitement, he said.
"Just everywhere that you go … it's just a very positive atmosphere, and they're so proud of what our kids [have] accomplished so far," he said.
The Argyle Eagles (14-1) will face the Wimberley Texans (14-0) today in the Class 3A Division II state championship game.
Danita Lanning, an Argyle resident who was visiting the local post office Thursday, said in "all honesty" she believes the Eagles will "take" the state title. Her oldest son was a senior on the varsity squad that played for the 2005 Class 2A championship, and she said although the team lost, it was exciting. Lanning, who has followed this year's squad the entire season, said she plans to be in Arlington today to cheer the team on to victory.
"It's exciting to get to go again," she said.
The team's playoff run has been great for the community, Lanning said. Rallying around the students always pulls people together, she said.
"We've just got a great group of kids," she said. "Our community has been very blessed by our kids because they excel in every area of the Argyle school district," she said. "I think everyone is excited because it just shows what a great community we are, and our kids are so successful."
Residents showed their support for the team with a community pep rally Thursday.
A team send-off is also slated at about 10:55 a.m. today at the high school, a district official said.
This is the Eagles' first appearance in the Class 3A Division II championship game.
In 2005, only four years after the high school's varsity squad was established, the football team competed for its first state title in the Class 2A Division I championship game but was defeated by Newton 28-20.
"This is huge, absolutely huge," Superintendent Telena Wright said at a Monday board meeting of the team returning to the state finals. "It's a huge accomplishment, and a very strong commendation to coach [Todd] Rodgers, the other coaches and the boys.
"It doesn't get any bigger than this."
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