North Texas' biggest stadium to host Texas' smallest high school division championship

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA Sports

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 12:55 AM

ARLINGTON -- AT&T Stadium has hosted the biggest game in the world -- the Super Bowl in 2011.

On Saturday, it will host some of the smallest football teams in Texas.

The Milford Bulldogs are playing for the Division II Championship in 6-man football.

Milford still plays its home games at Horton Field. It's a typical 6-man football field; nothing like the cathedral that is AT&T Stadium.

Horton Field has bleacher seating for dozens of fans. AT&T Stadium holds 80,000.

Head coach Ronny Crumpton played for Milford when he was in high school.

"Well, I know it's going to be probably overwhelming," he said.

The adjustments inside the stadium for 6-man football are fairly simple. The field is shorter and narrower, so they bring in portable goalposts and paint new sidelines. It's what's outside the lines, and all around them, that are the biggest differences to the kids playing in the games.

"Seeing it come to reality is kind of overwhelming," said Darrien Dover. He is a former 6-man coach, now a superintendent at Meadow High School near Lubbock.

Needless to say, playing at AT&T Stadium is a big deal for the sport.

"It puts the 6-man community on the same playing field as all the other classifications," said Dover, referring to the fact that every UIL state championship game will be played at AT&T Stadium this year.

For Milford, it's already been a memorable season. The entire town was evacuated after a pipeline exploded last month. The football team was getting ready for its first playoff game and couldn't get to their equipment for a couple days.

"The funny thing about it, there were four or five guys that practiced in jeans and boots," Crumpton said. "Because when we left, that's all we had."

A playoff run that started with a gas fire will end in AT&T Stadium.

Win or lose, it's a season they'll never forget in Milford.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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