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Blinded By The Bling -- Wildcats get golden reminders of the football title season

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Rings, rings and more rings.

The ringing noise was easy to explain.

That loud ring Friday morning was the sound of the State Class 4A Division II Football Championship rings being presented to Wildcats players, coaches and trainers at the conference room of Sulphur Springs High School.

Click here for more photos from the ring ceremony.

Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens spoke to the group at the short ceremony. He said, “They were here to get a momento they will have the rest of their life.”

The ring was a reward for the 14-2 season the Wildcats had which landed them the only team state championship in school history.

“We challenged them (the players) all the way through the season, not to let this be the most important event in your life,” Owens said. “Let it be a stepping stone to bigger and better things.”

Owens then began handing out the rings to players in alphabetical order with Eddie Arciga and progressing to coaches and trainers.

“I don’t know who has been the most excited about this, the players or the coaches,” Owens admitted.

Kedrick Dial, junior defensive lineman, was all smiles as he opened the box holding his championship ring. Dial said it was worth the hours he put in on the playoff field and later time working at Brookshire’s to earn the several hundred dollars needed for the  size 11 1/2 bling.

“I feel like we just won the Super Bowl,” Dial said looking down at the ring. “I want to play again, I want to get another one. It’s so great, it’s like power in your hand.”

Dial admitted to liking jewelry and the finer things in life.

“This ring just sets off my collection of bling,” he added. “It was worth the wait and all the hard work.”

Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan said seeing and wearing the ring was a realization of what the team had accomplished.

“I think about all we did. Playing on ESPN2 and the three great games in Texas Stadium and then winning the state championship in the Alamodome against Dayton,” Riordan said recapping the playoffs.

The coach continued, “It all culminates with this, we get the ring and the kids get to reminice. The season was a blur. Then we get back from Christmas and got into the off-season and track. It’s good to look back at what we accomplished. It’s real now, and we can wear the ring wherever we go.”

For Sulphur Springs graduate and assistant football coach Triston Abron the ring was a long time coming.

Abron said when he was playing football for the Wildcats, he hoped for a state championship ring and decided against a class ring. He did the same thing in college, but has no football ring to show for years of work and dedication, until now.

“This great, it’s kind of emotional, I am trying to talk and not get emotional,” Abron said. “Being back home and winning it here is so special. It’s 10 years after I graduated.”

The coach continued, “My wife knew the story, and she made sure I got the ring too.”

Another coach unwrapped a ring and had a noticeable lump in his throat as he carressed the golden reminder of all the hard work and time spent to earn the momento.

“I’m not going to take this ring off, not ever,” the coach said.

Click here for video from the ring presentation ceremony




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