L.C. Bird spent the regular season rolling through competition, save a 21-14 win at Lake Taylor.
They spent the 2013 playoffs discovering they could win in many different ways.
The third quarter deficit against Hermitage in the second round served the Skyhawks well in the snow, muck and mire at Scott Stadium this afternoon. They went to warm up in the locker room at intermission down to Trace McSorley and Briar Woods 21-6.
Their adjustments were of championship caliber.
The Skyhawks scored on the opening possession of the second half, weathered one more McSorley storm, then turned to their defense to seal the Skyhawks' second straight state championship, defeating the Falcons in the 5A State Final Saturday 35-28.
Earl Hughes put the finishing touches on an unforgettable season, rushing 43 times for 220 yards, two rushing touchdowns, plus a huge receiving touchdown during the second half comeback. He had 87 yards receiving.
Terrance Ervin passed for 266 yards and had a rushing touchdown. Rasheed Worsham had another big day receiving, but his performance today will be most remembered for an interception of McSorley near midfield which permanently turned the tide the Skyhawks' way.
L.C. Bird has now won 29 consecutive games, having last lost on November 25, 2011 to Hermitage in the Division 6 Central Region playoffs. Ervin and the other seniors will go to the next level with two state title rings on their fingers.
And, as our friend Gary Hess of SportsRadio 910 reported earlier today, David Bedwell is now 145-25 as head coach of the Skyhawks in 14 seasons. An amazing accomplishment.