The Prestonwood quarterback threw toward Graham cornerback Travis Wilson, testing the him for the second straight play.
As the Lions' reciever grabbed the ball, Wilson reached in and snatched the football away. When the ball hit the ground, Wilson turned and ran around the field as teammates, coaches, parents and fans flooded field to celebrate Graham's back-to-back 7 on 7 state championships.
“I couldn't have been more pleased,” head coach Kenny Davidson said. “It's hard to win one, it really is with (64) teams that qualify.
But to actually be in the state finals three times in a row, that shows that our kids are buying into (our program).”
The joyous running and celebration from Wilson and the Steers seemed unlikely just moments earlier.
Prestonwood threw to Wilson's side the play before. Wilson went for the interception, but the ball went right past him leading to a touchdown that cut into the Steer's 47-39 lead.
The Lions were forced to attempt a two-point conversion after failing to convert 2-point tries earlier in the game. Since there are no field goals or extra points in 7 on 7, the team must throw the ball from the 10-yard line to score two points. Teams may try for one point from the 3-yard line.
Wilson redeemed himself on that two-point attempt to help the Steers become the first team in 7 on 7 history to win back-to-back state championships.
“We showed ourselves that we can be the biggest, baddest team on the block,” wide reciever Conner Smith said.
The final play brought back memories of last year's title game against Argyle. Argyle had one play left to beat the Steers, but Landon Gonzales ripped the ball away from reciever Ian Sadler on the final play to seal the 2013 title for Graham.
Wilson's ability to recover from the previous play and the parallel to last season made the 2014 finish even sweeter.
“I loved it,” offensive coordinator Casey Dacus said. “I thought that was the perfect ending.”
The Steers made the title game for the third straight season, going undefeated at the state tournament.
They beat all three Pool O opponents by a combined score of 149-31. In the champion's bracket, Graham's largest margin of victory was 26 points, a 47-21 win in the first round against Kinkaid.
Then the Steers faced the top-ranked 11-man team in 4A coming into the tournament, Navasota.
Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.