SMU commit Trey Washington was confident his Gilmer team would advance to the state championship, but he didn't think they would absolutely destroy Graham in a 50-7 rout in the 3A Division II semifinals last weekend.
"Our coaches were telling us all week how good they were, but we knew how good we were. We were battle tested and felt like we could win," Washington said. "We just didn't think that the scoreboard would be the way it was."
After all, Graham came into the game boasting a 13-1 record and was averaging over 40 points per game in the playoffs. But Washington and his defense rose to the occasion and bowed up. The two-star safety sealed the victory with an interception in the second half.
"After my interception, it gave the team a big boost. We were already up 36-7 at that point so it kind of put the game out of reach," Washington said. "We pressured them all night and it made my job a lot easier.
A Dallas native, Washington is excited to return to his hometown and play in the state championship at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday. Washington says he always dreamed of playing at the same venue as his favorite professional football team and can't believe it's finally going to become a reality.
"I'm from Dallas and I always wanted to get to play there," Washington said. "I remember driving past it when it was first built, and I told my dad I was going to play there one day. He told me I would have to make it to the pros. I was really motivated by that and now, I get to experience it in high school."
The only thing standing in his way of brining back a state championship back to East Texas like he promised fellow SMU commit Everett Dickerson after beating Atlanta in the first round is high-powered Navasota, which features one of the most explosive players 3A has to offer in Kadarius Baker.
But Washington is confident in himself and in his team.
"We watched some film on them. They're big, fast and physical. They are a really good team especially on offense. Our defense is going to try to pressure them," Washington said. "It's going to be tough, but we just have to play Buckeye football. We didn't come to win the semis. We came to win the state ring."
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