The legend of Ty Slanina grows by leading East Bernard to a state title. Now a TCU commit, Slanina is a speedy, athletic player Texas A&M decided to pull an offer from former coach Mike Sherman. Mildred has terrific talent with QB Nic Shimonek and Draylon Sterling able to put up points but not as many as East Bernard, 42-35.
— David McNabb, Vype.com/TheOldCoach.com
"Can somebody check Shimonek's birth certificate? While the Iowa-committed Man Child is clutch, the Eagles have made it this far with a superior supporting cast. Still gonna be a street fight."
Mildred 48, East Bernard 42
— Jayson Larson, Athens Daily Review
Mildred finally breaks into the title game after threatening last season, but East Bernard has been the best 2A team in either division over the past few weeks. Ty Slanina is the real deal. East Bernard 38, Corsicana Mildred 24.
— Travis Stewart, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
Mildred, who’s averaging almost 40 points a game in the playoffs, will have some success behind quarterback Nic Shimonek and running back Draylon Sterling but I don’t think it will be enough. Undefeated East Bernard has outscored its four playoff opponents (including No. 1 ranked Refugio) 169-31 and will trot out one of the top athletes in Texas in running back Ty Slania. East Bernard 42, Mildred 31.
— Jarret Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
How do you pick against this Eagles bunch......ever major market media outlet in the state backed off Coach Harvell's squad following the early season debacle against Centerville, but only to jump back on a bit with this inspirational run through the playoffs. Led by an explosive offensive unit that can score points like every play is a fire drill to the end zone; with a rigorous, hard working pound-for-pound tough and cohesive group of O-and D-linemen; skilled personnel that sometimes resemble video game performances; a special teams unit which is the beat I've witnessed in 2A football this campaign; and lastly, led AND supported by an outstanding coaching staff.......shoot, why not, give me the Eagles with the difference being a #80 field goal, 34-31.
— Tim Samuels, 106.9 The Ranch