NFL legend Brett Favre is a champion again, and he says that it feels almost as good as winning the Super Bowl.
Interviewed after the Oak Grove (Miss.) High football team won the first state title in school history, the team’s offensive coordinator said the Warriors’ Class 6A crown was almost as satisfying an accomplishment as the Super Bowl XXXI title he won while playing quarterback for Green Bay.
"I can't say it's like a Super Bowl, but it's pretty close," Favre, sporting a Grizzly Adams-style playoff beard, told the Associated Press. "It really is. It's a different type of feeling, but I couldn't be more proud of these guys."
In a tight contest against Tupelo, Favre took a more active role on the team's sideline in the second half. After a scoreless first half, Favre left the press box where he had been calling plays and spent the third and fourth quarter on the sideline, working closely with quarterback Kirk McCarty. Oak Grove took the lead on a five-yard, third-quarter touchdown pass from McCarty to Cameron Myers. Tupelo rallied to tie the game but Oak Grove and McCarty then used a clever trick play to win the school’s first state crown.
After lining up for a field goal, McCarty took a snap and, instead of putting the ball on a spot for a kick, stood up and tossed the ball to Logan Scott, who had lined up alone to the right side of the field. Scott pulled in the 4-yard pass for Oak Grove’s second touchdown, and a late interception by defensive back Trey Sloan then closed out the victory.
Favre wouldn’t take credit for the trick play call, passing the buck to Oak Grove special teams coach Bobby DeLeon, but spent a lengthy stretch after the final whistle celebrating with the entire team.
"It's been a lot of fun," the second year offensive coordinator told the AP.
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