Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs aim for state title

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) – They're used to the pressure.

The Corrigan-Camden bulldogs have reached the playoffs every year since 1997.

With two state football titles under their belt, they're ready for another.

A district title win over Groveton has created a fan-demonium before Thursday's game.

You see it on streets, and plastered across businesses.

You can't hide Bulldog pride.

"We are like a family here so we all follow them and we all love the Bulldogs," said Bulldog fan Linda Inguanzo.

"We're just very, very fortunate to have a good program, good coaches and you know great athletes," said another fan, Ryan Burris.

The Bulldogs have made the playoffs every year since 1997.

It's been a series of mental and physical tests.

"We just kept fighting, kept getting better, kept getting in better shape," said Bulldogs Head Coach Seven Armstrong.

The team has made an impressive comeback. They had a rough start to the season, with a lot of team injuries. They started off 1-4.

It all changed in district -- winning five games in a row, including a title game against Groveton.

"We have not won a district championship since 2004 and to come out this year and play the rivals for the district championship was pretty good," said Bulldog Clint Platt.

"After all we've been through this year really it is just, I don't know if it's really caught up with me that we're district champions yet but I'm ready for tomorrow. We'll see what we can do," said Bulldog Mark Armstrong.

Thursday the bulldogs take on a 9-2 Franklin team in round two of the class 2A region playoffs.

"We've just got to go through and play them as a team and not worry about their record or who they are," said Mark.

"It's going to be a blood fest because both of us like to run the football," said Coach Armstrong.

With a state title in reach, they can't help but dream big.

"My brother was on the state team and I'm just trying to fill his shoes. I want a state championship too," said Platt.

"It'd be crazy. I don't think I can even imagine it," said Mark.

Already champions in their own right, their dream could soon become reality.

The bulldogs last clenched a state title in 2002 and 1988.

Kick off tomorrow night is at 7:30 at Crockett Stadium.

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