There may not be a parade heralding their victory or a patch sewn on a varsity letterman jacket, but the Tigers can walk a little taller knowing that their helmet has started the season off on a high note, emerging as the Class 4A Texas Helmet Bowl state champion.

Down early in the polls to Region I’s Stephenville helmet, Tiger fans told the world they would not go down without a fight. Tiger Nation poured in over half of TexasFootball.com readers’ votes, solidifying their dominance in an era filled with collegiate and professional sports team copycats. The victory was described by the Web site as a “runaway.”

The Tiger helmet rolled on to the state title game, disposing of Alamo Heights in what was considered a one-horse race. The Tigers, along with Class 5A titleholder Deer Park, are the champs of the Web site’s first-ever experimental bowl and with all the interest the site received, should be back to defend their crown in 2007.

Tigers head coach Dave Henigan said he likes the Corsicana logo on the helmet and had a few comments on the originality.

“To me, the helmet is a lot like Penn State, ... It’s timeless,” Henigan said. “We try to do everything in this program to make our players look first-class.”

Henigan also announced the addition of a sticker honoring the life of logo creator and assistant coach Randy Green, that will be displayed on the back of each helmet this season.

The sticker will have the traditional letter ‘C’ with the state of Texas etched into the center and will have Green’s initials in the lower portion.

Since the 1985 season, Green’s idea has been just one of the images of the storied program. Borrowing the idea from a Martin Linen truck he followed to work, Green’s imagination carved out the unique logo and implemented it into something Tiger football represents every Friday night in the fall.

Green would probably smile today, knowing that he earned that elusive state championship he strived for during his coaching days. His legacy will continue on in Corsicana and the image he created will be back next year to defend its well-deserved crown.

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Phillip Barnhard may be contacted via e-mail at pbarnhard@corsicanadailysun.com.

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