41 years ago, Rockdale brought the state championship back to central Texas, hopeful that a long string of titles would follow. That didn't happen for the Tigers, but in 2017, an underdog Rockdale team led by perhaps the best player the town has ever produced stormed through the Class 3A-DI postseason, straight to Arlington.

Waiting for them in their first title game appearance in four decades: the 2015 state champion Brock Eagles, one final test for a Tiger team that has seen a few of them in a season full of twists and turns.

KAGS Sports Director Colin Deaver spent an afternoon with the Tigers as they prepared to play for their first state title since 1976.