North Bend wins first ever football state championship
NORTH BEND, Ore. -- For the first time in school history, the North Bend Bulldogs won the 4A state football championship.
The Bulldogs finished the season undefeated with an 11-0 overall record.
On Saturday, North Bend took on the Cottage Grove Lions in the title game. Both teams were undefeated heading into the matchup, but the Bulldogs took a 35-21 victory at Hillsboro Stadium.
"So many emotions rushing through at once, I didn't even know how to handle it,” senior RB/LB Daniel Ferencz said. “Laughing, crying, hugging all of my family … it's just such a great feeling knowing that we did it. I'm just so proud of all my family; all my brothers on the football team. We did it."
"Look up in the stands and you see old men crying,” said senior free safety Trey Woods. “I didn't expect that to happen, because they've come through North Bend, they tried their best and they didn't quite make it there. For us to do it for them, that was the most amazing feeling in the world."
The majority of the seniors on this championship team have played together since 5th and 6th grade.
"These are all my best friends from grade school, and just to do it with them is just awesome,” said senior QB/DB Brody Lucero. “I didn't leave; I've known these guys since I was 8 years old, and it just makes me so happy for all of us."
"We've worked so hard over the years,” added senior WR/CB Roger Iparraguirre. “This has been our dream since we were little kids like, 'oh we're going to win the state championship our senior year,' and we did, so that was pretty phenomenal what happened. It was just breathtaking pretty much."
"Commitment, sacrifices are not bad things to make,” North Bend head coach Gary Prince said. “In the end, there's always a great reward for you and it's our hope and desire that they take those things with them when they leave North Bend High School and apply it in their own lives as fathers, husbands, and members of the communities that they live in."
The guys say, for now, they'll finish out their senior year with more sports and maybe even find a job.