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Road to the Dome: Welsh Seeks First State Title, 25-Years After It's Last Trip to the Dome

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Welsh football spent the week searching for practice fields ahead of its state championship matchup against St. Helena Friday.

After practicing on Westlake's turf Monday, preparing for the fast turf field they’ll see in the Dome. Tuesday, the Greyhounds borrowed Jennings High School's gym as the rain fell.

The Greyhounds are 12-1 entering Friday’s game, the Hawks are 12-2.

Welsh is playing in the dome for the first time since 1992 when the team lost to Coushatta High School. Welsh has never won a title. The Hounds were state runners-up in both 1989 and 1992.

Senior quarterback Zach Hayes’s father played in that loss 25-years ago. As he prepares for Friday’s championship, Hayes says this one is personal.

“It's always been my dream to play in the Superdome,” he said. “My dad actually played in 1992. They ended up losing, but to bring that back in 2017, 25-years later, to bring that to the town, it's very humbling.”

“I've known so many good coaches over the years that have never made it, and had really good teams,” said head coach John Richardson. “It's not something we want to take for granted, because it was such a difficult road to get here, and you never know when you might have that opportunity again so we want to make the most of it.”

Kickoff for the 2A title game is set for noon on Friday.

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