They went from winning it all to coming so close.
“It left a nasty taste in our mouth, and you know we don't want that to happen again,” senior tight end Gentry Dalton said.
The Hornets of Booker T. Washington had a second straight state title in their sights before losing to the Stillwater Pioneers. But that semifinal loss a year ago is nothing but motivation for this team out on the field to bring back another gold ball.
“Anytime you lose and you're the defending state champion, of course, you're going to have that hurt and desire to get back on top again,” head coach Brad Calip said.
But there's a lot of change for Booker T. Washington in 2019.
“We've got 23 seniors that graduated, so it's a new look,” Calip said.
Despite losing two dozen players including talent like Michigan signee, Dax Hil, Calip says he has several new guys ready to step into big roles.
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