Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for great season on the football field
In Texas, high school football reigns supreme.
Towns and cities across the Lone Star state shut down Friday nights because everyone is at the local stadium watching their favorite teams play.
It's a great time of the year, and we love it. Sadly, though, the high school football season has come to a close.
This past weekend, 12 teams from across the state competed for state championships, including two from the Crossroads area.
Shiner played the defending state champion Stamford on Thursday morning, and Refugio aimed to win its second state title in three seasons that evening against Cisco.
Unfortunately, neither the Comanches nor Bobcats could come back with state championship trophies. That's OK because both teams are winners in our opinion.
But Refugio and Shiner aren't the lone winners. In fact, there were several teams that had successful seasons this fall.
Victoria West advanced farther in the playoffs than any other of its teams, and Calhoun hadn't been to the state semifinals since the early 1960s. The Warriors also made school history with their first-ever victory against in-town rival Victoria East.
Several teams made it back to the playoffs after missing out last year, including Goliad, Gonzales, Rice Consolidated, Van Vleck, Tidehaven, Flatonia and Kenedy.
In all, 19 teams from the Crossroads made it to the playoffs. Throw in the number of teams who fell just short of the post season, and it was truly a great season of high school football in the Crossroads.
We wish this year's group of seniors the best of luck in the next stage of their careers, and we're also excited about the new players who will burst out onto the scene and captivate our attention for five months.
In closing, we'd like to say congratulations to all of the Crossroads football teams on great, successful seasons, and we hope there are many more to come.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.