1997 State Football Champs

1997 State Football Champions

1997 Texas City Stingarees

The 1997 Texas City Stingarees were the first Texas City football team to win a state title. That year, the Stingarees, also known as the Men In Black, were given a top seeding, Number 2 overall in Class 4A, by the state and local press. Captains Everick Rawls (LB), Matt Gorom (FB), and Jermaine Anderson (DE/TE) and senior quarterback Ervis Hill were leaders on a team coached by Rusty Dowling (Stingaree, 1998).

Season Games

The opening game of the season was the Stings' only loss that year. The team won the District 23-4A title and was subsequently seeded into the Division 1 playoff bracket. The Stingarees played the state championship game against the Corsicana Tigers, with senior backup QB Adrian Acosta making the winning touchdown (Clarion).

Graduating Seniors

The following spring, eight graduating seniors signed letters of intent to further their football careers in college, including a record four players, Jermaine Anderson, Tyrone Jones, Ervis Hill, and Everick Rawls, who elected to play together at the University of Texas.

Texas City 16Baytown Lee 42
Texas City 52Houston Jones 7
Texas City 55Houston Wheatley 8
Texas City 24Conroe 7
Texas City 56Silsbee 0
Texas City 28La Marque 12
Texas City 49Dickinson 7
Texas City 48Needville 6
Texas City 58Santa Fe 14
Texas City 42Lamar Consolidated 34
Texas City 10Bay City 7
Texas City 28Clear Brook 0
Texas City 30Jacksonville 28
Texas City 39Waco Midway 15
Texas City 37Corsicana 34