Like many people watching Saturday night's Arkansas-Kentucky football game, Texas High wideout Cobi Hamilton could not believe his eyes.
He looked on as the Razorbacks – who he describes as his frontrunner - had a seemingly secure 20-7 lead with five minutes left only to lose 21-20.
"Oh, man, that just broke my heart," Hamilton said. "I thought we had that won going away. But he just goes to show what my high school team has learned this season – you've got to play all four quarters and finish and never take the win for granted."
Hamilton (6-3, 195, 4.5), an avid Razorback fan whose parents both attended the University of Arkansas, has helped lead Texas High to a 5-1 mark this season.
The Tigers have buried most of their foes, including routing Sulpher Springs (59-25) and Mount Pleasant (50-21) the last couple of weeks.
"We really have come together these last couple of weeks and started playing 48 minutes of football," Hamilton said. "Everybody is fighting for the same thing, pulling together and getting it done."
Hamilton has caught 30 passes for 575 yards and 9 touchdowns this season – numbers which already surpass last season's totals - albeit he is now receiving constant double-teaming.
He had 8 catches for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns against Sulpher Springs and then made the most of 3 catches for 85 yards against Mount Pleasant by finding the end zone twice.
"It's been a little frustrating because there are a couple of guys wherever I go," Hamilton said. "But that is freeing up other guys and they are making plays and we are winning and that's the biggest thing."
Texas High, whose only loss was a 41-7 whipping to Longview, has a chance to exact a measure of revenge against Marshall this weekend.
"They beat us in the playoffs last season," Hamilton said. "The worst thing is we led 27-3 at halftime, but ended up losing 30-27. That was tough to take."
Hamilton has been to a couple of Razorback games this season and liked what he has seen of new head coach Bobby Petrino's offense.
Of course, he thinks that adding former Texas High teammate and Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett to the mix as a starting quarterback next season will make it flourish.
"I can't wait to see what he can do in that offense," Hamilton said. "I mean his was the number two quarterback in the country coming out his senior year. I enjoyed catching passes from him as a sophomore and I know it would be really be something special to do that on the college level."
Hamilton has long said that the Razorbacks are at the top of his list, but he will take some visits to be sure of his choice.
"I have not been to any other schools other than Arkansas to see games and we have games every week from here on out," Hamilton said. "I am going to go visit Kansas the first week of December and think I might visit Missouri and Oklahoma State, too. I am not sure when I am visiting Arkansas, but I will probably make that my last visit.
"The Razorbacks are my favorite, but I don't want to commit and then take visits," Hamilton added. "I'll just take some visits so I will have something to compare it, too and know that it is the right place for me."
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