ARLINGTON, Texas — History has been made!
South Oak Cliff (SOC) has become the first Dallas ISD school in history to win back-to-back state championships. The Golden Bears' title in 2021 was first for a DISD school since 1958.
With the history books on the line, SOC wrote in their name, defeating Port Neches-Groves in the 5A-D2 state championship, 34-24.
The win caps off a run of 13 straight wins after falling 0-3 to start the 2022 season with losses to Duncanville (in 6A-D1 championship), Lancaster and DeSoto (in 6A-D2 championship).
The only other DISD team to even appear in back-to-back state championship games was when Booker T. Washington did it three years in a row from 1956-58 in the Prairie View Interscholastic League.
This was the first state title game appearance for Port Neches-Groves since 1999. It was also the first time these two teams have ever played each other.
UIL officials confirmed to WFAA on Saturday that SOC head coach Clifton Todd is the first black coach in UIL football history to win two state titles at the same school.
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