Cisco in fifth state title game since 2003
Dec. 18, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.
Cisco hopes to get lucky Thursday night.
Since 2003, the Loboes (15-0) have played for four state titles. The Loboes, however, have finished second place in all of those games.
Most recently, the Loboes finished runner-up to Refugio in the 2011 Class 2A, Division II state final. Now, the Loboes will have a chance to get a title, their first in school history.
Offensively, the Loboes have amassed 5,320 yards of total offense. More than 4,600 of those yards have come from senior quarterback Colton Kent and senior running back Mason Reed.
Kent also played on the 2011 team as a receiver.
Loboes' coach Brent West, now in his 12th year with the team, will coach in his fifth state title game as the Loboes coach.
The Loboes' undefeated record has not come close to being blemished. Since the playoffs began, the Loboes have outscored their opponent 229 to 50.
Their average margin of victory has been 27 points since the playoffs began.
During the regular season, the Loboes averaged 47 points per game.
Only Hamilton scored more than 14 points against the Loboes. The Loboes won that game 62-34 on Oct. 25.
"This is the best Cisco team I've ever seen," said Abilene Reporter-News writer Evan Ren, who has covered the Abilene area since 2006. "They are just going to come right out you. They're going to try to outmuscle you."
Ren said he hasn't seen much weakness from Loboes on both sides of the football.
"If they have one, it might be at the punting game," Ren said. "They are throwing effectively. When they come off a play action, they're dangerous."
Like in 2011, however, the Loboes will enter Thursday night's game undefeated.
"This will be the best team Cisco has faced," Ren said. "It will go both ways."