TIOGA, TX -- The Grayson County Dozen becomes a baker's dozen as Tioga will play its first season of UIL ball.
"I moved back from Pilot Point just to be a part of it," junior quarterback and safety Austin Sprabary said.
Back in 2012 the high school would open its doors and a group of freshmen would take the field to become the foundation of the Bulldog football program. "It's something that's been long coming. They've been talking about a high school and football for 15 years or so and they never did it. I'm just glad that my class got to be the one that started it off." junior quarterback and safety Isaac Sloane said.
"I mean we appreciate every bit of this, with the community behind us, the school board and everybody is looking forward to it just like we are," Sprabary added.
They'd play a full schedule last year finishing 5-5. Eight of those games were against varsity opponents. Now they'll make their debut in district 9-1A DI and play Newcastle, Bryson and St. Jo.
"It's such a big deal for the town and the community has done a great job of backing us and finally getting to be a part of the UIL and get to go see if you can play after districts over and into the playoffs is just a really exciting thing that we can look at as a challenge and try to go get after it and give our best," head coach Cody Patton said.
The goals stay humble. They just want to compete. But actually getting to compete for something will make playing under the lights all the more meaningful after their half-century plus long absence from the UIL.
"Of course I'd want to go to state, but I mean, a first year UIL team... a good playoff run would be good for me," Sloane concluded.