ARGYLE - Cowboys Stadium has become a mecca for high school football teams. Several of the big programs in North Texas have played there multiple times. For class 3A Argyle, Friday's state championship game will be their first time.
"I think we're all ready for the big stage," said senior quarterback Austin Aune. "I think we get there three hours before game time, so we're going to have plenty of time to look around, get our 'awestruck' out and be ready to play."
"Just probably getting there and looking at the atmosphere, probably taking it in the first five minutes, then after that it's go time," said senior linebacker Carston Bossow. "Then thinking about winning that state championship."
It's a big deal to be playing at Cowboys Stadium, but it wasn't one of this team's goals before the season started. They had three of them, and it's the first thing you see when you walk into the fieldhouse: win district, play in december, and win a state championship.
That hasn't always been the case. When head coach Todd Rodgers took over nine years ago, the goals were more modest.
"I had 3 goals when I first came in," said coach Rodgers. "They were simply to make the playoffs, have a winning season, and then pick somebody out to beat. But we tried to elevate the goals, elevate the program, and it's worked."
The varsity football program has been around for only ten years, but they have been here before. In 2005, the Eagles lost in the class 2A state title game. A win against Wimberly would give Argyle its first football state championship.
"We've been a really good program for a really long time; we just haven't been great," said Bossow. "(We're) just on that (verge) of being great, and I think this year is our time."