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In front of a loud crowd of 42,275 fans for the first Saturday State Title game, the South Oak Cliff Golden Bears defeated the Liberty Hill Panthers by a sore of 23-14 for South Oak Cliff's first ever state title and the first Dallas ISD football state championship title in 63 years. For photos from the game, visit our instant gallery! To read the full recap of the game, become a VYPE Insider today!
Led by offensive MVP, Kevin Henry-Jennings, South Oak Cliff was an explosive team coming out of the tunnel and all the way through the final whistle. Henry-Jennings recorded 144 yards and two passing touchdowns during the victory. Corinthean Coleman opened up the scoring on Saturday morning with a 17-yard touchdown reception from Henry-Jennings in the first quarter. During the second quarter, Henry-Jennings found Jamyri Cauley for a 27-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead.
Liberty Hill's Andon Thomas scored twice in the second quarter to tie the game going into halftime. With incredible defensive plays from both teams, there was no scoring through the third quarter. The Golden Bears' sophomore kicker, Diego Varela, was the next to score in the fourth quarter with a 29-yard field goal. South Oak Cliff scored one more with a 17-yard touchdown rush from Qualon Farrar. Although the PAT was no good, the Golden Bears held a 23-14 lead. To cap off incredible play, South Oak Cliff recovered a loose ball when Liberty Hill fumbled on the next kickoff. South Oak Cliff allowed the clock to tick before taking a knee in victory formation to seal their victory.
"We feel like we were representing Dallas ISD and that's a motto we were following since before the playoffs," said South Oak Cliff head coach Jason Todd during the post-game press conference. "Our staff went back into that room [during halftime], came out with a plan, and the kids executed it... this is about Dallas."