With an exclamation-mark 41-28 win over Robinson Friday night, for just the second time in school history, the Connally Cadets (10-0, 6-0) finished the regular season undefeated. They join the 1990 team, which finished 13-1 and lost in the state quarterfinals.
“It’s really special,” Connally head coach Shane Anderson said. “It is a tribute to this coaching staff and these seniors. They have put the Connally program back on the map.”
The District 8-4A Division II champions will play Canton in the Bi-District round of the Texas High School Playoffs next Thursday at 7 pm in Corsicana.
With nothing to play for beyond pride, the Rockets (5-5, 1-5) never led, but the game was competitive for about two quarters. Leading 21-14 at halftime, the Cadets scored on all three of their third-quarter possessions to take a commanding 41-14 lead into the final frame.
As has been the case throughout this unblemished season, Jay’Veon Sunday and Kavian Gaither led the way for the Cadets. Sunday had 180 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, while Gaither had 168 yards on 18 carries. He had three rushing touchdowns and one scoring pass.
“This is a great feeling,” Gaither said. “We have put in a lot of work, and we’ve been dedicated. I am happy for our school and for my teammates.”