LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – The 6A-2 high school state championship football game between Lawton and Bixby kicked off tonight at Yukon High School. The community, alumni, and students held a special send off for the players.
They players were cheered as they left the school.They were escorted by L-P-D down Fort Sill Boulevard where they were cheered on by students at Whittier Elementary School.The Wolverines will once again face the Bixby Spartans as they did back in 2014s championship game.
It has been nearly 30 years since the they've won a state championship title and tonight they're hoping to bring one back.
Lawton High School student Shawn Tolbert said this game is a big deal.
"I have been waiting for this like my whole high school career it means so much to me as a fan. I'm so excited to go to Yukon tonight and watch our boys bring home the gold ball", said Tolbert
Rebecca Dale is the spirit queen for the school and said she will be proud no matter what.
"I think we have a really good chance, I think it will be a really good game", said Dale.
Lawton High School football Coach Randy Breeze said losing the state title game two years ago to the same team hurts. But said the players have learned from experience and are ready for tonight's game.
"You look at a lot of the championships teams seems like the year before they went to the semi's or got beat in the finals. Whether its the super bowl or the final four of the NAACP basketball championship. we been there done that and we don't want to do it again and we think this is our year to win it", said Breeze.
Taking home this title is especially important to quarterback Zachary Hanna. His dad Jack Hanna played for Lawton High School and was part of the team that won Lawton's last state title championship back in 1987.
"Just having two state champs in the house would mean the world to me", said Hanna.
Hanna said his parents are his number one fans.
"My dad and mom just real supporters saying just play your game don't try to do to much or too little. Let the coaches take care of it play as a team and good things will happen", said Hanna.
Coach Randy Breeze said he is thankful for all of the support and love from the community.
"The city of Lawton loves it's football, they love Lawton High School and they really like to see us have success. We have a had a team meal everyday this week, and alumni all over the county to congratulate us. Its a great feeling and we are glad Lawton High School supporters are behind us", said Breeze.