BOLING, TX (KTRK) -- Boling, Texas population is about 1,300.
It's a small town with huge championship dreams. The Bulldogs last won a state title in 1972. And 44 years is long enough.
"If we brought it home town would be in pandemonium," said senior running back Elijah Gooden.
The 13-2 Bulldogs will take on Gunter Thursday in the 3A Division 2 State Title game. They'll arrive early at Cowboys Stadium to get used to the big surroundings. The 'Dogs big quarterback, 6' 3", 235 pound Vernon Jackson is ready for the big stage.
"Vernon, he's a skilled big fast kid. He's smart and he can lead us," Head Coach Stephen Dorr said. "He's just a junior, so he's coming back next season."
Vernon is big and he loves to run over would-be tacklers. This year's season is the kind of season that brings an entire community together.
Jim Williams is one of the Bulldogs biggest cheerleaders. Jim was a linebacker and captain of the '72 Boling State Championship team.
Jim can't fit into his letterman jacket anymore, but this year's Bulldog team is bringing back a load of memories.
"Some are worth remembering, some unforgettable," Williams said. "That's unforgettable: winning a State Championship. These young men on Thursday are going to put it to them."
Boling football competing for first football championship since 1972