By ERIC VICCARO
As late as this week, the site for the University Interscholastic League football championship games was undetermined.
On Tuesday, the UIL announced an agreement to have all the championship tilts at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
This will mark the second straight year all state championship games will take place in one location. Six-man games had previously taken place at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.
Saint Jo Head Football Coach Chad Tallon said, in a small way, 6-man schools felt slighted by not playing at the same site as the traditional 11-man game.
“It’s an awesome sight and experience for 6-man teams to play there,” said Tallon, who has coached the Panthers since 2009.
Tallon reported big crowds for the 6-man championships last year. In Division I, Crowell outlasted May 78-52 while Grandfalls-Royalty stomped Milford 73-28 at AT&T Stadium.
According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine (2014 edition), a crowd of 6,842 spectators showed up for the Division I championship game.
“We had as many fans for our games as the Class 1A 11-man games,” Tallon said. Read more in the weekend edition of the Bowie News, which includes a state football championships schedule.
AT&T Stadium is shown here during the University Interscholastic League Conference 3A Division I championship game between Kilgore and Carthage on Dec. 20, 2013. Carthage defeated Kilgore 34-23 for the state title. (Photo courtesy James Smith/The Dallas Cowboys)