The All-East Texas Class 3A Division I State Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington drew a raucous crowd of over 20,000 fans Friday and the Henderson Lions left with the trophy. Henderson defeated the Chapel Hill Bulldogs 28-21 on Friday night for the school’s first state title. Henderson quarterback LaBradford “Del” Barnes, playing with a broken left wrist, threw a pair of touchdown passes. Cord Fletcher added a one yard run and backup quarterback Jay O’Neal delivered a 47 yard third quarter sprint.
Chapel Hill’s scores came on a 26 yard touchdown pass from Avery Saenz to Nelson Onwuzu along with short touchdown runs from Andrew Tucker and Lairamie Lee. Henderson limited Chapel Hill’s high scoring offense to 239 total yards and the Lions’ defense sacked Saenz 8 times.
Henderson Head Coach Dickey Meeks wins his second championship after leading Chapel Hill to the 1989 Class 4A state title. Coach Thomas Sitton’s Bulldogs finish the 2010 season with a 13-2 record. The Lions take home the UIL trophy with a matching 13-2 mark.
Below is a Photo Gallery of Friday night’s historic State Championship game (The first one ever at Cowboys Stadium). All pictures in the gallery were taken by KTBB’s Mike Alzamora. Click on any of the images to enlarge.