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Grandfalls-Royalty Captures State Championship; Fulfills Expectations

Grandfalls-Royalty makes history by winning their first ever state championship at AT&T Stadium against the Milford Cowboys. Big 2 Sports Matthew Villanueva shares their story.
They came to Arlington, they saw the splendor of the AT&T Stadium and their opponent, and the conquered the Milford the Bulldogs.

The dream is now a reality for Grandfalls-Royalty.

"(It's) an amazing, an amazing feeling," said Cowboys head coach Joe Helms.

"(It's) very exciting," gleamed senior halfback Junior Marquez.

"It's too much adrenaline right now. I'm probably not gonna be able to sleep tonight, honestly," said senior cornerback Luis Morales.

"Go GR. Cowboys number one!" exclaimed junior end/safety Julian Helms.

In the most grandiose of stadiums, the Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys played like America's Team of old, scoring on every possession in the first half to put this game out of reach early.

"We couldn't reinvent the wheel," said Coach Helms. "We had to do what we do and we're a strong defensive team, we onside most every possession, we try to put the hammer down on people and the kids executed it and did a phenomenal job today."

And to do it in Jerryworld made it all more the sweeter.

"It's kind of great, we got all these Cowboys signs up, I mean they may not be for us..." said Julian Helms.

"When I first walked in here my eyes were huge, my smile was ear-to-ear. It's just something I never thought I'd experience," said Marquez.

Supporting them from the beginning were the Cowboys faithful, who came from Grandfalls and all across Texas to see the town of around 400 people be victorious.

"Family members came down from different places," said Morales. "The community of Monahans came down. They helped us a lot; we thank them so much. They did a lot for us. The community of Grandfalls came down and supported. I'm pretty sure there's nobody in Grandfalls right now."

And this championship is for them. 

"You're not gonna find a more prouder group, a more supportive group," said Coach Helms. "Just amazing, the well-wishers... and it's constant. They're there when we're in two-a-days. They're there from the first ballgame through the end. Just a great town, a great football town."
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