BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Huntsville Alpha Omega Lions have a shot at their first ever state football championship Thursday.
The Lions will face unbeaten Bracken Christian for the TAPPS 6-Man Division II title.
Alpha Omega lost their first three games of the season but have won seven straight to reach the title game, including a come from behind 58-57 win in the semifinals against New Braunfels Christian last week.
Head coach Ron Lynch said, "This year we had some kids injured early in the year and got off to a slow start but we were patient and, life lessons you know, every thing paid off. The younger kids got better and the older kids came back so we really gelled at the right time."
The Lions Cole Garrison, who plays fullback, nose guard, and middle linebacker, is excited for the challenge. "We are pumped. We did not expect to get here. We started the season 0-3 and it's really an awesome feeling to get here after that kind of a start."
Quarterback Zachary Taylor, who also kicks and plays cornerback, said, "It's been an experience because the fact that we made it this far this year is just kind of a testament to the work that guys over the couple years and guys that just came, some of the guys haven't even been here before, just put in in the summer all the way to now. Just constant effort throughout the year."
The Lions and Warriors meet Thursday at 11 a.m. for the title at Waco Midway's Panther Stadium. Bracken Christian knocked Alpha Omega out of the playoffs a year ago 50-0 in the first round.
This is their second season under head coach Ron Lynch, who coached former Texas A&M quarterback Corey Pullig at Deer Park and also was head coach at Alvin, Spring Westfield, and Magnolia.
He says the first six-man game he ever saw was the first one he coached in last season.