The Hico Tigers' historic playoff run came to an end Saturday when they fell to reigning state champ Stamford 34-26 at San Angelo Stadium Saturday.
The 1A Division I semifinal couldn't have started off on a better note for Hico when Cade Hitzfeld took the ball 49 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
Hico once again had a dominating performance on the ground, running the ball 44 times for 282 yards.
Duane and Blake Hyles led the Tigers ground attack, amassing 140 yards and two touchdowns between the two of them.
Junior quarterback Hunter Wood was 5-8 through the air for 91 yards, including a 46 yard touchdown pass to freshman Dallas Anderson.
On Hico's last drive the Tigers ran the belly bum hideaway trick play to perfection for 41 yards to the Stamford eight.
However, a few plays later Stamford intercepted a pass to solidify its spot in the championship for a third straight year.
The Tigers (13-2) advanced further in the playoffs than any previous Hico team and set a school record for wins in a season. The Tigers return the vast majority of their team, which was led by a strong junior class.
Shiner dominated Mart 49-22 in the other semifinal. The championship at AT&T Stadium kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday.