"It was just a dream come true," Alto Senior Ben Johnson says.
A dream come true for all of Alto. A community with a long and rich football tradition, but no state crown.
"They've wanted one so long and Alto has certainly had some teams capable of winning it." Alto Radio Play by Play man J.D. Pearman says. "We've Been to the finals and the playoffs many times and it just always got away one way or another."
Great teams from the past had let a title get away. But the best of them all refused to come home empty handed.
"It's the greatest feeling in the world to represent your town for guys from the 1995 team that you finally won," Johnson says. "That means something to you."
"We wanted to win it for ourselves but we wanted to win it for the town because they didn't have a state championship," Alto Quarterback Julian Willis says. "It's something we wanted to accomplish."
A first for Alto and all of Cherokee County.
Johnson adds, "It touches a special place in your heart."
by Shawn Clynch
1A-Division I State Championship Game
Gordon Wood Stadium-Brownwood, TX
What an amazing season it has been for Alto.
What we have witnessed this season may is a rarity in regards to the dominating fashion the Yellowjackets dominance.
This was a team who was rarely challenged in Class 1A and if they were Alto made it look easy.
The 'Jackets run to the school's first ever football state championship included 9-wins by 50 points or more.
Alto has and always will be a high school football program which will have a chance to win a state championship.
Some say, the 2006 1A-Division 1 state title was their's to lose. The bottom line is Alto took every opportunity and responded with a total effort.
The 42-13 win over McCamey was an exclamation point to a phenomenal run and this championship was for all of the Alto teams of the past that fell short of the state title dream.