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"This school really is about community and those guys [the fans] are very, very supportive," said Anthony Crabtree, head football coach. "They believe in what we're doing and it's a great place to be."
That support continued Sunday at Beech's gym where hundreds were on hand to celebrate the team's second 5-A state title in three years and the storybook ending for a senior quarterback Lincoln Kenitzer.
"Knowing that we can go out with this type of a season as good as it gets," Kenitzer said. "It's pretty unbelievable."
But the season wasn't just unbelievable, it was perfect: 15 wins, 0 losses. And the run ended November 30th with a 56-35 win over Columbia Central in the state championship game.
Junior running back Jalen Hurd ran for seven touchdowns and state championship record 394 yards that night, but despite all his personal accomplishments, No. 18, says the team s work isn't finished.
"It definitely isn't," Hurd said. "I think next year we can have a good a year as we did this year. We're just going to have to put a lot of hard work into it and get the younger guys to step up.
Even though Kenitzer has played his last game as a Buccaneer and is looking forward to playing in college, he says he'll never forget the perfect season or the state title. Sunday, the team captain took one last chance to send a message to his younger teammates.
"Get in the weight room, Kenitzer said. "Start preparing because 15-0 and a state championship doesn't just come by you showing up they got to work for it."
Head coach Anthony Crabtree says winning back to back state titles is no easy task but he does have 50 returning sophomores and juniors, including Hurd, one of the best players in the state.
Sunday, December 16 2012, 11:59 PM CST
Museum in Knoxville to host 'Birds in Art' exhibit
May 20, 2013 07:38 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new museum exhibit at the University of Tennessee that is scheduled to be unveiled later this month will celebrate the timeless appeal of birds.
The University of Tennessee in Knoxville says the touring exhibit, "Birds in Art," begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 18 at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.
The exhibit will feature 60 paintings, sculptures and graphics created in the past two years by artists from around the world.
On June 1, the museum will commemorate its 50th anniversary with family activities, including one themed around the "Birds in Art" exhibition.
A stroller tour and a bird-related family activity day are also scheduled in June.
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