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PRUETT COLUMN: Mustangs did the hard thing in Texas

How hard is it to win a state championship in the state of Texas?
West Orange-Stark on Friday won its first since 1987. A team that has only lost one district game since dropping ranks in the early 2000s.
The Mustangs, who have dominated the scene in Southeast Texas, had lost their last three trips to the state finals. WO-S lost last year to Gilmer.
We all in Southeast Texas know the Mustangs as the team that will punish you for four quarters, yet it had been almost 30 years since WO-S ended a season with a title.
It goes to show exactly how hard what the Mustangs accomplished on Friday is to do in Texas.
This year it was almost obvious WO-S would win the state title.
It was obvious after last year’s defeat to Gilmer. Junior quarterback Jack Dallas made a promise on Twitter last year that the Mustangs would be back and this time bring home the rings.
Dallas has grown to become the best leader in the area. You can tell from the stands his teammates would run through a brick wall for the guy.
So on his 17th birthday, Dallas made good on his promise. His Mustangs are champions again.
Congratulations to coach Cornel Thompson and the Mustangs.
To the rest of Southeast Texas, take pride in this title. The Mustangs represented us all on Friday and we can all be proud of this team.
They were true champions and proved hard work, tough practices and a desire to not take no for answer can make up for numbers.

About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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