Bulletin Staff Report

WACO — For an Early Longhorns team — and their fans — that hadn’t tasted defeat since September, the end of the season came one week too soon.

Farmersville denied the Horns an opportunity to play in the Class 2A state football championship by rallying late in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 victory Saturday night.

Yet there were multiple reasons for pride amid the disappointment: Pride that a team that started the season 0-3 came back to successfully defend its District 6-2A championship. Pride that the team put together 10 consecutive wins. Pride that the Longhorn defense repeatedly frustrated a Farmersville squad that had run at will over a series of talented opponents. Pride that the Early aerial attack repeatedly found the weak spots in Farmersville’s defense…

Pride that the team came within five minutes and 10 points of advancing to the state title game.

There is also pride that, after three consecutive deep runs into the playoffs, a solid program and winning tradition are established. Even with the loss of seniors in several positions, a talented group of underclassmen will return next year.

See Page 1B for the game story and additional photos.