The Lausanne varsity football team came into the Division II-AA Blue Cross Bowl state football championship game on Saturday, December 2, with a 26-0, 749 day winning streak.
Not since the playoffs two years before, in November of 2015, had the Lynx felt the sting of a loss.
As they ran onto the field at Tucker Stadium to defend their state title, you could see in their eyes today would not be the day the streak would end.
And it didn't. Not even close.
On a 64 degree, sunny day in Cookeville, Tenn., the Lynx defeated the Notre Dame High School Fighting Irish of Chattanooga, 41-13. This moved the winning streak to 27-0 and made the Lynx back-to-back state champions.
In front of a large blue and gold crowd on the Tennessee Tech University campus and more than 2600 people tuning in to channel CW30 in the Memphis-area, Lausanne showed exactly why they had been able to accomplish two consecutive undefeated seasons.
Lausanne was fantastic on both sides of the ball.
The Lynx defense held the Irish to just 182 total yards and allowed them only 13 first downs in 28:36 minutes. Notre Dame scored in the first quarter to go up on the Lynx 7-0, but didn't find the end zone again until only 1:18 seconds remaining. Senior Corteze Love '18 had 12 tackles in the game and was named the Blue Cross Bowl defensive MVP. He was joined by 16 other Lynx to combine for 79 total tackles on the afternoon.
Two-time Tennessee Titan Mr. Football winner Eric Gray '19 led the offense with 281 yards and five rushing touchdowns. The Lynx had 368 total yards for the day and only needed 17:56 minutes to put 41 points on the board. Eric finished the game as the offensive MVP, an honor he received after last year's Lausanne state championship win, as well.
The win added a second state championship to Head Coach Kevin Locastro's coaching legacy and put Lausanne on the short list of six Shelby County schools to win back-to-back state titles.
Another gold ball has come home, and we are proud.
It's a great day to be alive, it's a great day to be a Lynx!
Enjoy all the coverage of the 2017 Blue Cross Bowl state championship weekend.
All-school send-off pictures
All-school send-off video
Championship game pictures
Championship game video
The Commercial Appeal article