If the third time really is the charm, the 2013 Brenham Cub football team has a big day ahead of them Saturday.
Brenham is playing in the state championship game for the third time, but the previous two games have been losses.
The Cubs have reeled off 14 straight wins after a season opening loss to Foster, and seem to be getting better every week.
Head coach Glen West said, "I would say every team that has gotten to this point has had great improvement, yeah, I think that's part of the secret to getting here is improving this much."
In 2009 the Cubs fell 35-21 to Aledo in the state championship game in Austin. The current Brenham seniors were just 8th graders, but they remember the game well.
"I just remember sitting up in the stands watching and being like, I want to do that," said senior linebacker Erik Yeager. "That's something I want to experience and I'm gonna work my butt off and I know my team's gonna work our butt off to get there."
Senior defensive back and wide receiver Courtland Sutton added, "Nice and cold that day, but we were out there cheering as loud as we can and now we get the chance to go out there and put on a show and play as hard as we can."
West said, "The fact that we have been there before and we have been to that game and it was their team or their town, so possibly it won't be that foreign, but we certainly don't want to put ourselves in the same place that Aledo is. Since that game they've won two more state championships."
Brenham is well-known across the state as a football crazed community, but one without a state title. Changing that Saturday would mean a ton to everybody who follows the Cubs.
"I can't lie, it would be unbelievable," said West. "Every once in a while I think about what that would feel like. It would be awesome."
The Cubs will have to prepare for an Aledo team that has set a new national record with 985 points so far this season.
Kickoff is at noon Saturday from AT&T Stadium Arlington, it will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.