INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WFIE) - The Memorial Tigers won their first 4A State Championship by beating undefeated East Noble 21-3.
After the graduation of Michael Lindauer and Branson Combs, everybody counted out Memorial this year. However, the Tiger not only proved everybody wrong by getting back to state, but they also won the whole thing to capture their second state championship in three seasons.
“That was just so much motivation for us,” said Will Brackett, a Memorial Senior. “We played with a chip on our shoulder all year long and it’s just unreal to be back here and win the trophy.”
“It means a lot knowing we proved everyone wrong,” said Brock Combs, a Memorial Senior. “At the beginning of the year, they called us paper Tigers, like we wouldn’t do anything special, well we came out, proved them wrong, and won the state championships.”
“I heard earlier in the year at the barbershop that Tigers weren’t gonna be any good this year, and I tell ya what, I’m pretty proud of the way these kids have competed all year long,” said Head Coach John Hurley. "It’s that old saying it’s not the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog, and these guys represent that. "
As they have all season long, the defense came to play, snagging three interceptions along with two sacks, and five tackles for a loss. They only gave up three points for the second straight week.
The Tigers have officially brought back the 4A State trophy back to Evansville.
On Sunday Memorial will ride on top of a fire truck from the state hospital at 1 p.m. followed by a celebration at the school’s auditorium when the team arrives.