Hounds Hold on for State Title!

Blayton Oliver celebrates his 4th-quarter touchdown that sealed the state title!
Blayton Oliver celebrates his 4th-quarter touchdown that sealed the state title!
The Greyhounds take the field at Shotwell Stadium for the State Championship
The Greyhounds take the field at Shotwell Stadium for the State Championship
Levi Taylor dives into the end zone for Throckmorton's first touchdown
Levi Taylor dives into the end zone for Throckmorton's first touchdown
Tucker Brown hurdles a defender for a second-quarter touchdown
Tucker Brown hurdles a defender for a second-quarter touchdown
Throckmorton coach Mike Reed celebrates his first state title
Throckmorton coach Mike Reed celebrates his first state title

The Throckmorton Greyhounds built a 24-point lead midway through the third quarter, then held on for a 48-36 win over #1 Borden County to win the 6-Man Division I State Championship.

C.J. Hantz and Tucker Brown combined to pass for 171 yards and five touchdowns, and Hantz ran for 108 yards in the win.

Borden County scored first, with Austin Fields going 75 yards on the Coyotes' first play from scrimmage.

But the Greyhounds rattled off the next 32 points on four straight touchdowns before Borden scored again late in the first half, to send the teams into intermission with the score 32-16 'Hounds.

Throckmorton received the ball to start the second half, and held the ball for over five minutes, capped off with a 3-yard pass from Hantz to Gary Farquhar to build the lead to 40-16.

But Borden County did not roll over, scoring three straight touchdowns, though they missed two extra point attempts, to cut the deficit to 40-36 with 1:42 remaining.

The third PAT attempt actually appeared to pass under the crossbar, but was called good on the field.

After two solid runs, Throckmorton had a 3rd and 1 from the Borden County 36 yard line, but a false start backed them up to their own 39, making it 3rd and six.

Hantz took the pitch from Brown, then quickly passed to wide-open center Blayton Oliver, who caught it behind the Coyote defense at the 28 and raced untouched into the end zone to put a cap on the Hounds' second state championship at the 6-Man level, and first since 2005.

It is also the first state championship for head coach Mike Reed, who had lost in three previous title games, twice with Rule and last year with Throckmorton.

Click on the video links for highlights and reaction from the Greyhounds players and Coach Reed!