Lausanne wins its first football state championship

Lausanne wins its first football state championship
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Just four years ago Lausanne started its football program. It barely had enough players to take the field. Now, they are state champions.

"It still hasn't quite sunk in yet," Lausanne senior James Babb  said.

His shock isn't surprising. In the team's first two years it won one district game. But then, new coaches came in and instilled a new process....and a new pride.

"Instilling greatness. From each drill to each practice to each game," Babb said.

That hard work led to an undefeated season and a place in the state title game. But the team of underdogs had a belief that was tested.

Heading into the fourth quarter, they were down 2-0 and had turned the ball over four times. But Eric Gray ran for scores from 14 and 5 yards, sandwiched around a 5-yard scoring run by Webb eighth-grader Elijah Howard.

But, the Giant killers scored two touchdowns and squeezed out a nail biter. The final score was 12-9.

"That's (trophy) just a symbol of our hard work all year," Babb said.

"It was very emotional," Babb's father, Terry Babb, said.

Terry hugged his son after the win as tears started to flow down his face.

"I was crying like a baby," Terry said. "He put in a lot of hard work. It's good to see it paid off."

Gray finished with 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. He was named the offensive Most Valuable Player.

Webb's Bryson Glenn provided the only other points of the game when he blocked a punt through the end zone late in the first quarter.

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