State Champion GCMS Football visits WCIA studio

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- After winning the school's first-ever state championship, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football team joined WCIA 3's Annice McEwan at the WCIA studio. 

ANNICE MCEWAN:
"Joined in studio now by the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football team and their Class 2A State Championship trophy. Guys, congratulations. So fun to watch that game. It was kind of a thriller there against Maroa-Forsyth. It came down to the last posession. Coach, what was it like to coach on the sidelines with that one?"

MIKE ALLEN:
"Pretty relaxed. We felt confident in our guys the whole game. We never panicked, never got down and we knew in that last drive we could put it in there. We made a great throw and a tremendous catch that gave us the lead and we never gave up it up after that."

MCEWAN:
"Now, Bryce, everyone saw your catch. I was there in the endzone watching it. I've to say I wasn't sure you were going to reel it in but you did. Did you think you'd haul it in when you touched it?"

BRYCE BARNES:
"I ran the route and he kind of just put it in the perfect spot. There was no other spot it could have been. There was two defenders and I kind of just leaped up and it stuck to my gloves. So, I was pretty happy. When I came down and came up with it, I didn't know what to expect. I was pretty emotional at the time because we were winning then."

MCEWAN:
"Mitch, they kind of zeroed in on you. The Trojans defense knew that stopping you would be a big key to winning that game. You were still able to get more than a hundred yards that game. What was the key for you guys?"

MITCH MCNUTT:
"The first half we kept scoring. The offense was doing good. Then we stopped them a couple times and they stopped us. It just came down to crucial stops. Luckily we have a good line and receivers. We just had a whole team this year."

MCEWAN:
"Guys, this programs been historical good. You've been knocking on the door of a state title for some time now. How nice is it, especially you Mitch on your senior year, to finally get that trophy for the school?'

MCNUTT:
"Most of us were on the 2015 team as sophomores and lost to the state champs by one so that kind of woke us up like, we're right there. This team just took it to the next level it means everything, especially to this community."

MCEWAN:
"And then finally, Coach, the community has really rallied around you guys. You had a great showing at the state title game. What's that been like for you guys to just have the community support that you've had?"

ALLEN:
"I had a dream before the game last week that we wouldn't have fans there, and to look up and see how many we had, we tripled a lot of teams' fan base this weekend, that was amazing to hear the crowd, see the crowd. After the game, go to the tent city and see how many people were there. It was a special day that we get to share with our community and remember for always."
 


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