Excessive Celebration Leads to Triumph


Cole Brignac (#26)

Last Thursday night under the lights at Newsom Stadium, the Mansfield Tigers defeated Cedar Hill Longhorns for the second year in a row.There was one play that stood out that happened with one minute left in the game that made Mansfield district champs for the first time in 42 years.

“With 22 seconds left on the clock I didn’t think Cedar Hill could score a touchdown so I thought they would try to get in field goal range,” senior Cole Brignac said. “I had coverage in the flats when a Cedar Hill reliever ran an out route; I broke on the ball and as soon as I caught it everything was still for a second.”

Unfortunately, after Brignac caught the ball, he was charged with an excessive celebration call.

“As soon as I caught the ball I wanted to return it for a touchdown, but before I raised my arm with a #1 in triumph because I just couldn’t believe it,” Brignac said. “I had my hand up for about two steps and the ref flagged me for taunting.”

This was Brignac’s first year playing outside linebacker and is a huge part of the team, but his leadership does not just happen during games.

“I contribute by making tackles, being smart on the field and keeping my teammates positive on and off the field,” Brignac said. “My favorite part is definitely going out on the field with my team/family, the fans, and the entire atmosphere is an insane experience.”

As much as fans enjoyed watching the game and the interception, Brignac enjoyed being able to contribute to the team’s win.

“I watched the video of the interception many times still in disbelief,” Brignac said. “That was definitely the highlight of my football career.”

The Mansfield student body and community is incredibly proud of the Tigers and are excited to see how they do in playoffs this year.

“I appreciate everyone who congratulates me about my interception but it was a team effort and that’s why we won that game,” Brignac said.

Tigers to play Colleyville Heritage on Friday in the first round of playoffs.