IDALOU, TX (KCBD) - After defeating Lexington on Saturday, the Idalou Wildcats are State Champions and the community continues to celebrate the historic win.
The fans in Idalou are beaming with pride and excitement and have painted the town green and gold. There are flags and ribbons on nearly every business and building in town. At Thriftway, the windows are painted with one request, "All I want for Christmas is the Wildcats to be State Champs." After the Wildcats defeated Lexington 20 to 3 on Saturday, they say that Christmas came early for the fans.
"We've got a state championship, I have lived here 18 years and this has brought so much excitement to Idalou," fans said.
The town of Idalou is overwhelmed with excitement after the wildcats won the state championship but for Tyler and Tanner Cook the win means so much more.
"To see him accomplish something like this makes me feel really good because it's like if I couldn't do it, he did," Tanner said.
Tanner Cook played for the wild cats just two years ago and was a star football player in the state playoffs. But he was severely injured at the end of the fourth round with a head injury that would take him out of the game forever.
On the field he continues to coach and his number 24 played in this year's state championship on the back of his brother Tyler.
"I broke down crying on his shoulder because you know it's every kid's dream to win a championship," Tyler said.
Sandy Cook says after watching her first son get injured it was hard when they approached the fourth round this year.
"There were a lot of flashbacks at the start with the game. I was thinking ok can we get through this, but once we got past the fourth round it was a whole new ball game," Sandy said.
When the clock hit 0 there was only one person Tyler wanted to find.
"I went and found my brother it was just he was right there and we just hugged it out for you know a good 10 seconds," Tyler said.
10 seconds that held so much emotion for a brother who finished what his older brother started. "Oh man it was... I don't think I have cried that hard in a very long time. It was just unbelievable to know that he was a state champion," Tanner said.
A dream comes true, not just for the town of Idalou but also for two brothers who won it together.
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