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Westlake football dominates in history-making state championship win

Westlake took home their third state title making history in the 6A division. (Texas HS Football/Twitter)

Going into their third state championship in a row, Westlake High's undefeated football team was looking to nab their third straight title and send off head coach Todd Dodge with his seventh state championship as he headed into retirement.

The Chaparrals managed that, and then some, with a record-smashing 40-21 win over Denton Guyer as they took home the 6A Division II football title on Saturday—becoming the first school in this division to get three state titles in a row.

It was a game that saw the longest field goal in a championship game as Westlake's Charlie Barnett kicked in a 53-yarder to give the Chaps the lead in the third quarter. But broken records didn't stop there—Jaden Greathouse, who hauled in both a 69- and 71-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cade Klubnik for three total touchdowns, made the most receiving yards in a championship game with 236 yards.

And just as former Westlake great and current NFL quarterback Sam Ehlinger did just a few years back, Klubnik broke the school record for career passing yards with 7,551 total and 83 touchdowns in his high school career.

Dodge, who previously won four state titles with Southlake-Carroll in the 2000s, can now retire comfortably as he goes down in Texas coaching legend with seven titles under his belt.

The game was Westlake's fourth state championship title and 11th appearance in the title game as the school continues to build on its reputation as a football powerhouse. And after four seasons of hard work, team members like Klubnik and Greathouse will move from high school football royalty to the big leagues as they sign to Division I college programs. Klubnik signed to Clemson on last Wednesday's National Signing Day, while teammates Conner Robertson and Ethan Burke inked with hometown team Texas on the same day.

In a big high school football weekend, two other local schools, LBJ High and Liberty Hill High, made it to the state championship but fell short of a win in their respective divisions.


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