Loraine’s best football season in school history came to a disappointing end at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs lost to Benjamin, who was in the state championship game for the first time, too, in the Class A Division II championship game, 68-20
Loraine jumped out of the gate fast and took a 14-8 lead in the first quarter behind the running of A.J. Williams, who scored both touchdowns. Williams ended the day with 144 yards on the ground.
Benjamin took control of the game from that point forward. The Mustangs outscored Loraine 60-8 in the final two and a half quarters.
The Mustangs’ Grayson Rigdon rushed for 255 yards and five touchdowns. He added two more passing touchdowns in the game.
After the game, head coach Jake Popham said, “”Getting to be here today was just a different experience. I mean, this is something, I know for a fact, that none of us will ever forget, and I won’t look on it negatively. Yeah, the outcome is not what we wanted it to be, but I mean, just the experience for these kids is something that they can take with them for the rest of their life and say that at one point they put a goal together, and they we’re able to accomplish it together. I can’t say enough good things about these guys. They have done everything I’ve asked them to do. We’ve grown as a team throughout my five years there. I mean, it has just been a great experience. “
Loraine finishes the season with a 13-2 record.