China Spring wins first Texas high school football championship in over 40 years

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For the first time since 1978, China Spring is a Texas high school football champ. The Cougars beat Gilmer 31-7 Friday in the Class 4A Division II championship game at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The turning point in the game came just before the half with the game tied at 7-7. Jacob Mott blocked a Gilmer field goal attempt that ended-up being returned 85-yards for the go ahead touchdown by Gabe Watkins.

Dual threat quarterback Major Bowden ran for three touchdowns. He carried the ball 34 times for 191 yards, plus he completed 8-of-11 passes for 28 yards.

China Spring finishes a perfect 16-0.

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