By the end of tonight, the #9 Burkburnett Dunkin' Dogs will either be one step away from a first-ever State Championship, or back home in Burkburnett after a disappointing loss.
Senior Michael Elphick says, "As soon as we beat Kennedale, we were talking in a huddle after the game, and we started saying the phrase, 'State-Bound in Burk-Town.'"
The Bulldogs are full of confidence heading into their State Tournament game tomorrow against #10 Mexia.
A large part of that confidence stems from the Bulldogs' depth...
"I mean every kid on the bench in a jersey can play," says senior Temi Ogunleye. "So, every game someone's going to go off. It's just guaranteed. So we've just got to bring what we can do every game."
The 'Dogs can run more than ten players in and out of the lineup at any time with really no significant drop-off.
An added benefit is that they can play their pressure defense without getting worn out.
"I think we fluster teams sometimes," says senior Andrew Runyon. "They think we might be badder than we really are, but we run up on them."
"Pressing, from the start of the game, I think that just lets them know that we're about to run them," said Elphick. "We're about to get in them and they'd better be ready to play."
Still, Head Coach Danny Nix says that while the fast pace and the high scoring may get all of the attention, there's a much more important key to the Dunkin' Dogs.
"We run up and down the floor, and shoot it pretty quick, and you know, take a lot of shots," said Nix, "But we try to hang our hats on playing defense and rebounding."
When it all comes down to it, the most important factor to winning a State Title might simply be the belief that you can do it.
So, do the Bulldogs think this is their year?
"Without a doubt," says Runyon. "I think it is. We put in the work and we're ready to go."
"This is it, we can win it all," adds Ogunleye. "We've just got to stay focused and be ready to play Thursday."
Elphick says, "We believe that we can do it this year."
And Coach Nix adds, "We think we have a great, great shot, so we're excited about it."
The Bulldogs will face Region 3-3A champion Mexia Thursday at 3:30 PM at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.