ARLINGTON – The emotional season came to an end for the Woodlands Highlanders in disappointing fashion as the team lost in the state championship game, 41-13 to Lake Travis.
Quarterback Eric Schmid finished the game with 140 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, along with a pair of interceptions.
The Woodlands came into the 6A Division I title game undefeated after persevering through tough circumstances when one of their teammates Grant Milton suffered a brain injury during an early round playoff game.
Thousands of fans made the trip from the Woodlands to Arlington for the game, showing tremendous support for Milton and his family. His familiar number 21 jersey t-shirts could be seen throughout AT&T Stadium
Players wore socks with Milton’s number 21 displayed and their helmets had number 21 stickers on them as well.
It was the second state title appearance for the Woodlands, who last played for the championship in 2003. They lost that game 23-7 to North Shore.
The Highlanders have rolled to the state final while playing for senior Grant Milton, who was critically injured in a game on Nov. 26 and underwent emergency surgery in Waco.
Milton is still in the hospital, KPRC 2 was told.