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Bulldogs look to stay undefeated in Playoffs

Coach Craten Phillips Coach Craten Phillips

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

GARRISON, TX (KTRE) – It's been seven years since Garrison's last state high school football title. Seven years too long, for many Bulldog fans.

They're heading into a thanksgiving week game with plenty to be thankful for, an undefeated team and a fan following, second to none.

The Bulldogs with their 11th straight win beat West Sabine in round two of the state playoffs.

"We had that extra week off and I thought we might be rusty but the kids came out on fire," said Bulldogs head coach Craten Phillips.

Perhaps a little modesty-- the dogs won 50-12.

"They tackled well. They hit hard. The offensive line played exceptionally well," said Phillips.

The last time the Bulldogs were undefeated was back in 2003 when they clenched the state title. This year they're 11 -0 going into round three of the playoffs. Friday they'll take on Thrall who beat out Alto last week.

It's a far cry from the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons.

The dogs didn't make the playoffs.

Back on track in 2009 -- the undefeated district champions were the area finalists.

This holiday season, the Bulldogs give their community plenty of holiday cheer.

"It means a lot. It's a big thing on Friday nights. We all come out to support our team," said Bulldog fan Marisa Murray.

"I'm proud of them," said George Snelson.

Josh Bradford, a fan, says for some, it goes beyond pride.

"They're really obsessed with it. I mean some people, they just go crazy. You see all the writing everywhere, people, cars," said Bradford.

Meet 14-year-old Michael Hughes, a diehard Bulldog fan.

"I've been a Bulldog fan since I was born. I've been going to Garrison my whole life," said Hughes.

Michael goes to every single Bulldogs game.

He says his team gives Garrison pride, and accomplishment.

For the Bulldogs, this pride keeps them going week after week.

"Our goal going into next week is to get the "W" against whoever we play, whoever it may be so we can continue or road to state," said Bulldog tight end and defensive end Russell Carrell.

Friday, the Bulldogs head to Bowers Stadium at Sam Houston State University to face-off against Thrall.

The match up starts at 7:30 p.m.

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