GUNTER, Texas (KTEN) — As the Gunter Tigers got on the bus Thursday morning to play for the state title, they sure knew how to get some momentum going.

Before hitting the road for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, students, parents, and citizens of Gunter surrounded the north parking lot on campus, cheering on the Tigers, giving them the juice they needed.

The city celebrated Gunter Tigers Day in style, with students and teachers getting the day off, and team buses led by Gunter emergency responders for another crack at a state title.

"Happy as can be for all the town, the team," said parent Martin Garcia. "It has been a tradition for a long time, and I hope it keeps going, because with these kids, I know they really work hard."

After watching his son Martin Jr. win a state title in 2019, both junior and senior will be in the stands to watch Roman Garcia try to win a ring of his own.

"Just really excited for him," said Martin Garcia Jr. "I hope he goes out there and does good. It's like really exciting, and to see someone go out there and do something that I was able, and our team was able to do."

This is Gunter's fifth state title game in the last seven years, and it would be the Tigers' third state championship in school history if they prevail on Thursday afternoon.

The game kicked off at 3 o'clock against Poth; it's the first time Gunter head coach Jake Fieszel has taken on the Pirates.

KTEN's Davis Baker and Kinsey Lee will have highlights from AT&T stadium after the game.