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After winning state last season, there's no doubt as to why Gunter has made their appearance yet again on the VYPE DFW 1A-4A Preseason Football Rankings. Ready to hit the ground running this season, Gunter is looking to get started on their road to a back-to-back state title run. First, they have to make it through non-district and district play. VYPE DFW dives into what fans an expect this season.
Posting a completely undefeated record last season, the year started off with a forfeited victory over Allen's Nike Dallas FC to open their season. The rest of their non-district schedule saw victories over Cedar Hill's Trinity Leadership (67-6), Trinity Chrisitan Academy - Addison (41-0), Brock (59-7), and Gladewater. Entering district play on a high note, the team posted victory after victory including three consecutive shut-out victories over Lone Oak (85-0), Leonard (56-0), and Bue Ridge (49-0). Finishing at the top of their district standings with an undefeated 10-0 overall record (5-0 in district play), the team bounced right into playoffs.
In playoffs, the Tigers showed no signs of struggling or faltering. Dedicated to the task at hand, Gunter defeated Jacksboro (48-7), Palmer (40-6), Holliday (31-7), Canadian (21-20), and eventually Poth (42-7) for the UIL Class 3A State Title.
Brayden Hinton, Walker Overman, Colin Peacock, Jace Martin, Cannon Lemberg, Cade Dodson, Kane Bolt, Mitchell Gage, Cole Harpole, Major Thornhill, Brock Boddie, Dylan Tokarz, and more are fired up this season and ready to get a jump on their schedule. Looking to secure another state title, the team can be expected to work hard on and off the field to make their goals a reality.
Opening the schedule on Friday, August 25th at home against Cornerstone Christian, Gunter fans can expect to see this team start strong. They will continue to play hard as they face off against other non-district opponents like Prosper Walnut Grove, TCA, Brock, and more before entering district play at home against Bells.
It's finally here! Texas high school football's state championship games are upon us. With six different Dallas-Fort Worth area teams vying for a crown, there are plenty of bragging rights on the line. One of the DFW area teams is none-other than the Gunter Tigers who are on the hunt for a victory over Poth to top their perfect season with a crown. VYPE DFW dives into the teams for a preview ahead of the state title game!
Led by senior running back and safety Ethan Sloan, junior quarterback Walker Overman, junior wide receiver Cannon Lemberg, and more, the Gunter Tigers enter the state championship game with an undefeated record. The team posted an incredible 21-20 victory over Canadian in the state semifinal game last week with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Overman to Ivy Hellman.
Outscoring their opponents by nearly 500 points this season, the Tigers have shut down plenty of opponents this season including playoff opponents Trinity Leadership, Jacksboro, Palmer, Holliday, and Canadian. Last week's game against Canadian was the first time the team allowed more than one touchdown in seven weeks.
The Pirates are entering their first appearance in the state title game since 1968 with only one loss to their name. Led by the likes of senior running back Zane Raabe, senior running back Matthew Bunn, junior wide receiver Gabriel Silansky, and more, the Pirates have outscored their opponents this season by over 500 points. On a 12 game win-streak, Poth has ended the seasons of George West, Boling, Taft, El Maton Tidehaven, and most recently Big Sandy Harmony.
Holding 12 opponents to two touchdowns or less, Poth's defense has been incredible. Of the 12 held to two scores or less, seven weren't able to score against the tough defense at all. The team looks to finish their season with the program's first state title.
Poth's defense is an incredible force that will give Gunter a run for their money on Thursday. With the ability to put a stop to most opponents' offenses this season, Gunter is going to have to really work during the state title game. Gunter has an offense that knows how to set the tone and a defense that knows how to make the biggest stops when they need it the most. Fans can expect an electric atmosphere as both teams go head-to-head in a matchup you're not going to want to miss.
Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 15th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.