Birth of a dynasty in Tipton
As the Tipton football team huddled with the Class C Gold Ball shimmering in the night sky under the bright stadium lights of ASAP Energy Field at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Tiger players breathed words that signified the birth of a true football dynasty.
Resounding back-to-back chants rang out across the field loud enough to hear 95 miles away, all the way back in Tipton, Oklahoma.
First from the players, then from the fans.
It was a moment of jubilance for Tipton (13-1) after dominating the Class C championship game Friday night, scoring 56 unanswered points in a 56-8 stomping over previously unbeaten Pond Creek-Hunter (13-1).
Had it not been for a chip put on their shoulder earlier in the playoffs, the Tigers may not have been smiling while chanting back-to-back in unison.
"To have that edge about us may be the best thing that could've happened," Tipton coach Travis White said.
It's almost comical how criticism from people who knew jack squat about the program and its championship pedigree ended up being the best thing Tipton could've asked for on its emphatic march to back-to-back state championships for the first time in school history.
Tipton scored 106 points in a quarterfinal win over Regent Prep, setting a playoff record for points in a game. While the offense drew plenty of oohs and aahs from across the state, haters asked if a defense giving up 58 points in a game was capable of winning it all.