Texarkana, TX– On Thursday afternoon Josh Gibson and his Pleasant Grove Hawks rolled out of Texarkana with a police and fire escort to the Interstate. Once on I-30, they headed to Arlington and their date with history. The Hawks, undefeated at 15-0, flew out in hopes of winning the school’s first state championship.
In Dallas, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs with their own impressive 13-0 record waited. To further intimidate the Hawks, West Orange-Stark was now playing in their eighth consecutive championship game. They had won all seven of the previous championships. The two Texas football titans would Friday night with social media across Texas flashing the news of scores, drives, and defensive plays most of the evening. Unfortunately for West Orange-Stark, the Hawks were hungry. Having never won a championship before in the school’s history, Pleasant Grove charged into the game scoring from the start.
In the final moments, West Orange-Stark showed why they had a 13-0 record as the team came roaring back. With about 5 minutes left the score was 28-21 as the Hawks struggled to hold their lead against the rapidly approaching Mustangs. Perhaps realizing that history was in danger, the Hawks fired back and ended the game with a 41-21 victory and the first championship in the school’s history.
Congratulations Pleasant Grove! You’ve made all of Texarkana proud as football continues to be a cornerstone of the area for sports.