FYFFE, Ala. -- The Fyffe High School football team is the 2016 2A State Champions. Wednesday, Alabama Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese presented the championship trophy to the Red Devils. The championship doesn't just mean something to the team - it means something to the entire small town.
When you show up to a Fyffe football game at home, you have to turn down a few roads choked with cars that are heading the same direction as you are. Then you make your way through the hundreds of Red Devil Red clad people to the stands, which are equally as packed as the ground was.
That's a Fyffe home game, and that's every home game. Fyffe football is something the entire town stands behind. During the playoffs, signs that said 'we believe' fluttered alongside Highway 75.
"The emotion, you really can't even explain it," says senior Jase Jones. "We knew where we wanted to go and we knew what we had to do to get there," adds senior E.B. Carroll.
The two players sat with the rest of their team during a ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the championship. "It was a wonderful feeling, it really was. There was nothing like it," Jones says.
"Basically for our entire high school careers it all leads up to this, and we knew where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do so we did it," said Carroll.
For head coach Paul Benefield, this championship win is number two. "We won it in 2014," he explains.
Coach Benefield can take credit for the team he's led now twice to the coveted title, and there's another driving force behind his players. "Everybody's behind you. There's nobody who's against you in any way or form, everybody's helping in some way," Jones said.
That force is the town. "When you can stand out there and look around and see 1,000 people sitting over on your bleachers, on your sideline, you've got something more to play for," adds Carroll.
They played all the way to a State Championship, with their town behind them. "It's a big deal for our kids and for the whole community," says Benefield.