For senior tight end Dillon Gordon, there was a high school career filled with success and only the occasional disappointment.
"I have only lost three games in my high school football playing days," Gordon said. "We lost twice to Evangel and then once to Salmen. It's crazy to think about."
Unfortunately for the Patriots, it was Evangel that denied them a championship in both 2009 and 2010 – meaning Gordon had twice fallen short in the Superdome.
Last Saturday Gordon got a chance to grab the second state championship of his career – an elusive title that evaded the Patriots until this weekend.
"I think that all the years we lost, we needed that," Gordon said. "We needed it to tell us that we could lose, and we used that to focus and get determined. No other team worked as hard as we did during the summer. That was our goal – lose no games and bring that title back."
John Curtis dropped Winnfield 33-3, the final piece to a 14-0 season, the 12th time in the 24 state championship runs the Patriots have pulled off perfection.
Gordon and Co. had made a living at keeping the competition out of reach this season, seeing only one team – East St. John – come within 20 points during the regular season.
"It felt awesome to go out like that," Gordon said. "I wasn't nervous. I haven't been nervous in a game since my freshman year.
"This is the second state title game that I won and fourth that I appeared in. This one was the most important to me. It was my senior year and meant all my hard work paid off."
While the three-star tight end prospect helped pave the way on the ground with his blocking, it wasn't a night that padded his stats in the air, as he caught only one pass for 17 yards.
"From a personal standpoint the game didn't go how I wanted it to go," he said. "I wish I would have gotten more passes thrown my way, but as long as we got the win then I am fine. In the end it was just what I wanted."
Gordon, ranked as the No. 14 tight end in the country, made it his goal to become more of a receiving threat during his senior campaign, something Gordon felt like he accomplished through months of increased workouts.
"I had to lose some weight and get a little faster, and that's what I started to work towards after my injury," Gordon said. "Last year I was weighing 280 pounds coming off the injury. Then I got down to 260 at the end of the summer, and now I am at 250.
"I want to go back to 245, which is where I started my freshman year, but college will put some more weight and muscles on me, but I will be fine. As long as I can move at this speed then I am good to go."
As for his recruitment, Gordon said he remains firm to LSU – a program he committed to last February.
"It really feels good to be committed to a team that is undefeated and playing for a title," he said. "I have been getting lots of love around here for that. Everyone is excited for me to get over to Baton Rouge and wear purple-and-gold.
"I can't wait to be a part of that. The coaches are losing a couple tight ends and told me I could compete to play as a freshman. If I can be ready to step in right away, that would be great."
With in-home visits taking place, Gordon is getting a visit from LSU coaches this week and could be making his official visit in the near future.
"We are planning to take a visit maybe this weekend," Gordon said. "(Coach Frank Wilson) is coming to see me at school (Tuesday). That's what we will probably talk about."